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 estimated that 300,000 people attended the recent Democratic convention in Chicago when Gen. George B. McClellan of New Jersey was nominated as a candidate for president of the United States.
1889 — 125 years ago: Alderman Frank Ill, Winslow Howard and Captain J.M. Montgomery returned from Milwaukee, where they attended the national Grand Army of the Republic encampment.
1914 — 100 years ago: Three members of the Rock Island YMCA accepted positions as physical directors of other associations. Albert Cook went to Kewanee, C.D. Curtis to Canton and Willis Woods to Leavenworth, Kan.
1939 — 75 years ago: Former President Herbert Hoover appealed for national support of President F.D. Roosevelt and Congress in every effort to keep the United States out of war.
1964 — 50 years ago: The Rock Island Junior chamber pf Commerce has received answers to about 65 % of the 600 questionnaires mailed out recently in a "Community Attitude Survey" to analyze sentiments of citizens towards their city's various recreational, educational, and civic service programs.
1989 — 25 years ago: The two thunderstorms passing through the Quad Cities last night and early today left some area residents reaching for their flashlights.






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