Day in history for August 25, 2004

1854 -- 150 years ago
The ice supply in Rock Island has failed, since dealers did not harvest enough last winter to see us through the summer. If a supply can be found it would be worth while to bring it here from a distance.

1879 -- 125 years ago
K.L. Bailey has returned from an inspection of farming lands in Nebraska and Dakota territories.

1904 -- 100 years ago
Miss Elsa Stoit was elected president of the Tri-City Regalia and Badge Wearers labor union.

1929 -- 75 years ago
Police stood by but took no action as Communists held a street meeting in downtown Rock Island. The speaker, noting the presence of the police, steered clear of inflammatory Red verbage.

1954 -- 50 years ago
A search was underway today by Rock Island police for burglars who ransacked a warehouse of the Jewel Tea Co., 2736 12th St., Rock Island, taking an unknown quantity of merchandise premiums. Det. Sgt. Clifford F. Link was informed that the exact amount of stolen merchandise cannot be determined until an inventory is made.

1979 -- 25 years ago
The Illinois Department of Children and Family Services will move the nearly 50 employees of its three Rock Island County offices into the Reliance Building in downtown Moline. The two-year lease was signed by DCFS official Tom Bowden and Dr. Alex Stone, owner of the building. The offices will cover the entire first floor of the building.

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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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