Day in history for August 26, 2004

1854 -- 150 years ago
John Lusk has come out with a magnificent hack which must have cost close to $400. It runs with the other omnibuses in the Lusk And Pence line between Rock Island and Moline. Who could refuse a dime for a ride in so fine a carriage?

1879 -- 125 years ago
The opera ''Pinafore'' will be presented by a company of fine actors and singers at the Harper Opera House tonight.

1904 -- 100 years ago
Daniel M. Reynolds, a resident of Drury Township in this county since 1835, died at the age of 82.

1929 -- 75 years ago
A youth of 18 was committed to jail for 30 days today for having sworn falsely to the age of the girl he married. She is 14.

1954 -- 50 years ago
Accounts of Communist acts of vandalism and harassment while he served in the Air Force in France were told by T-Sgt. Conrad C. O'Dell, son of Mr. and Mrs. Jake O'Dell, 270 16th St., Silvis, who has returned after three-and-a-half years at the Air Force's largest depot at Chateauroux.

1979 -- 25 years ago
A portfolio containing a certificate worth $10,000 was stolen from the car of a Rock Island school administrator. John Tibbet, director of curriculum and instruction for District 41, told police two youths entered his car and took the portfolio, which also contained his savings passbook from the First National Bank of Rock Island. The robbery occurred outside of Tibbet's home.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Yesterday some bold thief stole a full bolt of calico from a box in front of Wadsworth's store, where it was on exhibition.
1889 -- 125 years ago: A team belonging to Peter Priese got away from its driver and made a mad run across the Rock Island Bridge. The driver was thrown from his seat but not hurt.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Carlton Taylor was appointed district deputy grand master for the 14th
Masonic District of Illinois.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Moline's million dollar municipal airport was dedicated to air transportation and the national defense by Lt. Gov. John Stelle.
1964 -- 50 years ago: THE ARGUS will be election headquarters for Rock Island County tomorrow night, and the public is invited to watch the operation. The closing of the polls at 6 p.m. will mark the start of open house in the newsroom. Visitors will see staff members receiving, tabulating and posting returns.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Few bricks actually tumbled, but no one seemed to mind as about 1,000 people gathered to celebrate the formal start of demolition at the site of a downtown civic center.

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