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: A fine lumber mill is on the course of erection at Andalusia. A flouring mill at that location is doing a fine business.
1889 — 125 years ago: J.B. Lidders, past captain of Beardsley Camp, Sons of Veterans, returned from Paterson, N.Y., where he attended the National Sons of Veterans encampments.
1914 — 100 years ago: President Wilson announced that he had received from the imperial chancellor of Germany a noncommittal reply to his inquiry into a report that the emperor was willing to discuss terms of peace.
1939 — 75 years ago: Delegates at the Illinois Conference of the Methodist Church in Springfield voted to raise the minimum pay of ministers so that every pastor would get at least $1,000 annually.
1964 — 50 years ago: An audience of more than 2,600 persons jammed into the Davenport RKO Orpheum theater with a shoe horn feasted on a Miller-Diller evening that was a killer night. Phyllis Diller sent the audience with her offbeat humor. And send them she did! It was Miss Diller's third appearance in the Quad-Cities area.
1989 — 25 years ago: A few years ago, a vacant lot on 7th Avenue and 14th Street in Rock Island was a community nuisance. Weeds grew as high 18 inches. Today, the lot has a new face, thanks to Michael and Sheila Rind and other neighbors who helped them turn it into a park three weeks ago.





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