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 are informed by J.H. Hull that the reason the street sprinkler was not at work yesterday settling the dust on the streets, was because one of his horses was injured.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Bonnie McGregor, a fleet-footed stallion owned by S.W. Wheelock of this community, covered himself with glory at Lexington, Ky, when he ran a mile in 2:13 1/2. The horse's value was estimated as at least $50,000.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Troops are pouring into Paris to prepare for defense of the city. The German army is reported to be only 60 miles from the capital of France.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The German army has invaded Poland in undeclared warfare. Poland has appealed to Great Britain and France for aid.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Publication of a plant newspaper, the Farmall Works News, has been launched at the Rock Island IHC factory and replaces a managerial newsletter.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Officials predict Monday's Rock Island Labor Parade will be the biggest and best ever. Last minute work continues on floats and costumes for the parade, which steps off a 9:30 a.m.




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