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: Never in the history of Rock Island was there such a demand for houses as at present. Our city is suffering for the want of suitable tenement houses.

1889 — 125 years ago: The choir of Central Presbyterian Church presented a ladies concert under the direction of S.T. Bowlby.

1914 — 100 years ago: Miss Rosella Benson was elected president of the Standard Bearers of Spencer Memorial Methodist Church.

1939 — 75 years ago: Mrs. Nell Clapper was elected president of the Rock Island Business and Professional Women's Club.

1964 — 50 years ago: Gerald Hickman, of Seattle, Wash, will move his family to Rock Island to assume the position of produce buyer for the Eagle Food Center chain of food stores. This announcement was made today by Bernard Weindruch, president of Eagles.

1989 — 25 years ago: Care & Share, formed in 1984 to provide food to jobless and needy Quad-Citians, will disband because the major part of a crisis created by plant closings is over. Food for the needy is still necessary. So groups separately will continue to raise money and collect food.

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