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: Some persons are negotiating for 80 feet of ground on Illinois Street with a view of erecting four stores thereon. It would serve a better purpose if the money was invested in neat tenement houses.
1889 — 125 years ago: The Central station, car house and stables of the Moline-Rock Island Horse Railway line of the Holmes syndicate, together with 15 cars and 42 head of horses, were destroyed by fire. The loss was at $15,000.
1914 — 100 years ago: Vera Cruz, Mexico, after a day and night of resistance to American forces, gradually ceased opposition. The American forces took complete control of the city.
1939 — 75 years ago: Dr. R. Bruce Collins was reelected for a second term as president of the Lower Rock Island County Tuberculosis Association.
1964 — 50 years ago: Work is scheduled to begin this summer on construction of a new men's residence complex and an addition to the dining facilities at Westerlin Hall at Augustana College.
1989 — 25 years ago: Special Olympics competitors were triple winners at Rock Island High School Saturday. The participants vanquished the rain that fell during the competition, and some won their events; but most important, they triumphed over their own disabilities.




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