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: Some persons are negotiating for 80 feet of ground on Illinois Street with a view of erecting four stores thereon. It would serve a better purpose if the money was invested in neat tenement houses.
1889 — 125 years ago: The Central station, car house and stables of the Moline-Rock Island Horse Railway line of the Holmes syndicate, together with 15 cars and 42 head of horses, were destroyed by fire. The loss was at $15,000.
1914 — 100 years ago: Vera Cruz, Mexico, after a day and night of resistance to American forces, gradually ceased opposition. The American forces took complete control of the city.
1939 — 75 years ago: Dr. R. Bruce Collins was reelected for a second term as president of the Lower Rock Island County Tuberculosis Association.
1964 — 50 years ago: Work is scheduled to begin this summer on construction of a new men's residence complex and an addition to the dining facilities at Westerlin Hall at Augustana College.
1989 — 25 years ago: Special Olympics competitors were triple winners at Rock Island High School Saturday. The participants vanquished the rain that fell during the competition, and some won their events; but most important, they triumphed over their own disabilities.




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