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: 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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