Day in history for August 29, 2004

1854 -- 150 years ago
A number of Swedes, about sixty or seventy, arrived by emigrant train Saturday evening. They are a fine, healthy, neat-looking crowd. Their destination is St. Paul. We saw them very busily engaged this morning in getting their baggage down to the levee.

1879 -- 125 years ago
Rock Island will vote November 4 on general incorporation as a city.

1904 -- 100 years ago
Frank Mixter was reelected by directors as president of the Rock Island Buggy Company.

1929 -- 75 years ago
Verne Roberts of Moline Airport won first place for light planes at the National Air Races in Cleveland.

1954 -- 50 years ago
A Milan man, irked because some young men had told him he wasn't driving right, complained to Rock Island Patrolman Chester C. Brandt. The patrolman reported he readily could see why the young men had been complaining about his driving. He booked him on intoxication. He was fined $10 when arraigned on the charge in Rock Island police court.

1979 -- 25 years ago
The cost of standard school lunches in Moline's high school and junior highs will jump from 65 to 80 cents. The more-than-standard lunch, which includes a milkshake and optional Twinkies, ice cream novelties, long johns and cinnamon rolls, will go from 75 to 90 cents. Elementary school lunch prices were pushed from 55 to 70 cents. Milk prices went down from 6 to 5 cents for a half-pint.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Journeymen shoemakers of Rock Island struck for higher wages yesterday morning, asking 25 percent increases. Employers have acceded to their demand.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Lighting struck wires of the Merchants Electric Light Co. during a furious storm, and many Rock Island business houses were compelled to resort to gas as a means of illumination.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Members of the First Church of Christ, Scientist, decided to erect a new edifice at a cost of about $60,000.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Willard Anderson, junior forward for the Augustana College basketball team, which won 17 out of 22 contests, was elected captain of the quintet.
1964 -- 50 years ago: John Hoffman, Moline, president of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts, will be honored for his 50 years in scouting by members of the council at a dinner Thursday evening.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Quad-Cities has what is believed to be the area's first elite-class gymnast. It's the stuff upon which Olympic competitors are made. Tiffany Chapman, of Rock Island, not only has earned the highest possible gymnast ranking, she won the honor at age 11.






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