Day in history for August 23, 2004

1854 -- 150 years ago
Two Irishmen in the employ of railroad contractor E.P. Reynolds on the island died last night of Asiatic cholera. They were at work when they became ill in the afternoon and they died before midnight. There are no other cases on the island.

1879 -- 125 years ago
A contract has been let to the Rock Island firm of Reynolds, Saulpaugh And Co. for the C.B. And Q. roadway from Brooks Crossing to the depot.

1904 -- 100 years ago
The first monotype typecasting machine in the Tri-Cities has been installed by Kramer And Co., Rock Island printers.

1929 -- 75 years ago
International Harvester Co. awarded a $300,000 contract to Priester Construction Co. for a new wheel manufacturing building and other improvements at Farmall Works.

1954 -- 50 years ago
Today's rain slowed down operations in moving an old 3-story house, formerly located at the southeast corner of 19th St. and 7th Ave., Moline, to its new location on 24th St., between 11th Ave. B and 11th Ave. C. The house was making little headway because of wet brick paving.

1979 -- 25 years ago
Don Knight, RR 1, Moline, has hammered, glued and stapled more than 1,000 pieces of wood since January to fashion a dollhouse for his 4-year-old granddaughter Melissa. Four stately columns beckon you to all the charm of the South in this two-story, two-bath, three-bedroom house with huge living room and formal dining room.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: We are informed by J.H. Hull that the reason the street sprinkler was not at work yesterday settling the dust on the streets, was because one of his horses was injured.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Bonnie McGregor, a fleet-footed stallion owned by S.W. Wheelock of this community, covered himself with glory at Lexington, Ky, when he ran a mile in 2:13 1/2. The horse's value was estimated as at least $50,000.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Troops are pouring into Paris to prepare for defense of the city. The German army is reported to be only 60 miles from the capital of France.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The German army has invaded Poland in undeclared warfare. Poland has appealed to Great Britain and France for aid.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Publication of a plant newspaper, the Farmall Works News, has been launched at the Rock Island IHC factory and replaces a managerial newsletter.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Officials predict Monday's Rock Island Labor Parade will be the biggest and best ever. Last minute work continues on floats and costumes for the parade, which steps off a 9:30 a.m.




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