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: Col. H.F. Sickless informs us that there will be new organization of troops in this state under the call for more men.
1889 -- 125 years ago: James Normoyle arrived home after graduating from West Point with honors in the class of 1889. He was to report to Fort Brady, Mich., as second lieutenant in the 23rd Infantry.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Austria Hungary declared war on Serbia. Germany and Austria refused an invitation of Sir Edward Grey to join Great Britain at a mediation conference.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Dr. William Mayo, the last of the three famous Mayo brother surgeons, died at the age of 78.
1964 -- 50 years ago: One of the biggest horse shows of the season was held yesterday at Hillandale Arena on Knoxville Road under the sponsorship of the Illowa Horsemen's Club.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Davenport is like a gigantic carnival this weekend with the Bix Arts Fest taking over 12 square blocks of the downtown area. A festive atmosphere prevailed Friday as thousands of people turned out to sample what the Arts Fest has to offer.








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