Day in history for August 24, 2004

1854 -- 150 years ago
William Russell has dug his own grave, planked it, and made his own tombstone, leaving nothing for his friends to do but deposit him when the time comes. At present the independent Mr. Russell is healthy.

1879 -- 125 years ago
George Buford of the Kansas City branch of the Buford Plow Works is visiting the home plant in Rock Island and with relatives.

1904 -- 100 years ago
John Crubaugh, pioneer railroad and bridge contractor, died. He was vice president of the Rock Island Savings Bank.

1929 -- 75 years ago
Dedication of a memorial in Black Hawk State Park to Rock River Rangers featured a meeting of the Rock Island County Old Settlers Association. The Rangers were 58 first settlers who organized to fight for the Quad-Cities area in the Black Hawk War of 1831-32.

1954 -- 50 years ago
Rock Island councilmen voted unanimously to consider a bid by the Illinois Bell Telephone Co. to lease new radio equipment for the city's police department. The bid, according to city purchasing officer Gordon A. Stearns, calls for payment of $224.54 per month for a 5-year period.

1979 -- 25 years ago
Moline's King Plaza has been sold for $1.6 million. The plaza, 3626 23rd Ave., includes a Geifman's Food Store, Kinney Shoes, Walgreens Drugs and other shops. It is now co-owned by the Central Life Assurance Co. of Des Moines and Tom Luksetich, a Dubuque investor.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: The ferry boat, Rock Island, having been put in good order at the boat yard is now making her regular trips, much to the gratification of those who have to cross the river.
1889 -- 125 years ago: W.J. Gamble, for many years superintendent of the Moline & Rock Island railway, leased the Fourth Avenue Hotel and renovated and refurnished it throughout.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Pending the building of new public schools or additions to the present ones to provide adequate room for all the children, the board of education decided that pupils younger than 6 years old would not be accepted in Rock Island schools.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The fifth annual New Windsor Fair and Horse show, which has been delayed for two days because of unfavorable weather, got off to a new start last night. The parade was held this morning.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The Rock Island County Fair and Rodeo will celebrate its silver anniversary this year. The fair opens Tuesday and will run through Saturday and offers entertainment and activity for young and old.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Earl Hanson School, Rock Island, joins the Program to Assist Latch Key Student, which aids working parents. PALS is a before and after school program for grades 1-6 in certain Rock Island public and private schools.




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