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: The Chicago and Rock Island Railroad will carry all who wish to attend the Chicago convention for half fare — that is, full fare to Chicago and return free.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Hardy Hetter, for several years yardmaster in the Burlington Railroad yards in Rock Island and Moline, was transferred to Beardstown. He was succeeded here by J.E. Albrecht.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Corn was estimated at 50 percent of the normal crop in Rock Island County by Crop Correspondent Thomas Campbell.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Robert Carroll, 12-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Farr Carroll, of near Aledo, won the grand championship of the Mercer County baby beef show with "Fat Stuff."
1964 -- 50 years ago: About 250 persons attended the first in a series of horse shows at the Hillandale Stables off Knoxville Road near Milan on Saturday afternoon and evening.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Ground was broken this morning for the $4.5 million Rock Valley Business Park near Rock Valley Plaza, Rock Island. The first building is 17,000 square feet for offices and a warehouse and should be completed by Dec. 1.

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