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: We learn that it is a contemplation to start a paper mill in Rock Island during the summer by a gentleman from the East.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The gates of Oklahoma were swung open at noon today, and a throng of more than 30,000 settlers started over its soil.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Iowa Coliseum Co. was incorporated with $40,000 capital and planned a building on 4th Street between Warren and Green streets in Davenport.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans are being discussed for resurfacing the streets in the entire downtown district of Rock Island.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Some 45 jobs will be created at J.I. Case Co.'s Rock Island plant in a expansion of operations announced yesterday afternoon at the firm's headquarters in Racine, Wis.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Gardeners and farmers cheered, but not all Quad-Citians found joy Saturday as more than an inch of rain fell on the area. Motorists faced dangerous, rain-slick roads as the water activated grease and grime that had built up during dry weather.








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