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: A large and splendid new safe has been hauled out to Young Brothers store in Camden to replace the old one, which recently was robbed.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The salary of Mayor Blaning was raised to $1,000 by the Rock Island City Council.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Rock Island Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring one of the most intensive cleanup campaigns ever conducted.
1939 -- 75 years ago: According to Forecaster Truman Shipman, April weather has been six and one-half degrees below normal with an all-time low for any April 12 established when the mercury slipped down to 22 degrees.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The Rock Island Board of Education discussed the planned addition to the high school until nearly midnight last night.
1989 -- 25 years ago: April 13, 53 of the top spellers from Rock Island, Mercer, and Henry counties spelling bees came together at Augustana College to compete in the Ninth Annual Regional Spelling Bee.






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