Day in history for August 28, 2004

1854 -- 150 years ago
The large pair of elk horns which used to be on top a post in front of the Rock Island House are now mounted on the engine of the train which runs the mail between Rock Island and Chicago. The horns have been newly varnished and make a very fine ornament.

1879 -- 125 years ago
Ben Harper is planning to enlarge the Harper House, which was built seven years ago.

1904 -- 100 years ago
Rock Island Republicans will revive the Flambeau Marching Club. Eleven men made talks at a rally held by the GOP.

1929 -- 75 years ago
Roofs of buildings in the Quad-Cities were crowded with people today as the Graf Zeppelin, from Germany, sailed over at 2 p.m. The dirigible airship is on a round-the-world trip.

1954 -- 50 years ago
A Moline soldier and a civilian from New York City have teamed up to save the government a considerable amount of money in ordnance work in Japan. The soldier is Cpl. Cecil C. Johnson, son of Dr. and Mrs. J.C. Johnson, 2733 15th Ave., Moline. They have developed and produced a die casting machine capable of duplicating any part originally die cast on any vehicle in the Oppama ordnance shops.

1979 -- 25 years ago
Work has begun on $3.6 million worth of improvements to International Harvester's East Moline Plant. The company is installing a new prime paint system in the plant's cab manufacturing area and consolidating other lines.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: It is rumored in the streets that the 13 negroes sent to Quincy on the Moline quota were refused. We think this must be a mistake.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Harvey McKenna, of Detroit, billiard player matched to play Wizard Schafer in New York in January for the world championship, was a professional friend and manager, Billy Catton in Rock Island.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Levi Cralle, former Rock Island county sheriff, had come from his farm near Mitchell, S.D. to visit friends in the city.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Work is being rushed on the new high school building in Orion to replace the one destroyed by fire last winter. Classes are being held in churches.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Rehearsals for the 84th season of the Handel Oratorio Society chorus will begin at 7:30 p.m. Monday on the stage of Centennial Hall, Augustana College.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Rock Island City Council's plan announced this week to have the federal government vacate Valley Homes public housing and move residents to Arsenal Courts to reduce density may not be feasible.






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