Day in history for August 3, 2004

1854 -- 150 years ago
The Chicago Democrat takes note of Rock Island's phenomenal population growth this year and says: ''Rock Island is outstripping Galena and ranging itself alongside Quincy as the second biggest city on the Mississippi.''

1879 -- 125 years ago
Matthew Murphy, a grain harvester who lost both legs when he fell under a train three weeks ago, died today.

1904 -- 100 years ago
Blown onto a sandbar, the excursion steamer J.S. was stranded for three hours last night off Linwood, Iowa.

1929 -- 75 years ago
A hundred persons attended a Communist meeting in Rock Island's Workingmen's Hall. The meeting was part of a world-wide demonstration of ''solidarity'' ordered by Moscow.

1954 -- 50 years ago
The future of the Mississippi Valley Fair, which this year will observe the 100th anniversary of the first fair in Scott County, was dependent upon the outcome of a bond sale campaign for the purchase of the West Locust Street fairgrounds.

1979 -- 25 years ago
Burglars stole jewelry and other merchandise from two downtown Moline stores overnight after breaking the front windows and raiding display trays. Goods valued at less than $1,000 were taken from Josephson Jewelers, 1514 5th Ave., according to manager Ed Freers, and costume jewelry was taken from the Fifth Avenue Boutique, 1628 5th Ave., said owner Rosemary Spaeth.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: The female sex seems to have gone crazy on the subject of dry goods. When high prices keep them from increasing their wardrobes, they turn to stealing. Yard goods, hats, shoes and other items are being picked up and carried home.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Members of Everts Commandery No. 18, Knights Templar, under Commander H.C. Cleaveland, marched from the Masonic Temple to Trinity Episcopal Church for their annual Easter services.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Nate Hultgren pitched the Augustana College baseball team to a 10-3 victory over Carthage, striking out 11 men and allowing only four hits.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Marvel Leonhardi, a Rock Island High School senior, was the winner of an essay contest on advertising sponsored by The Argus and Advertising Age, a national advertising publication.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The Augustana College band drew a crowd of 1,200 people for its annual home concert in Centennial Hall. The size of the crowd was indicative of the fact the band is rapidly approaching the stature of the Augustana Choir.
1989 -- 25 years ago: A benefit to raise money for extracurricular activities in the Rock Island Milan School District will be April 27 at the Quad City Downs harness race track. People buying $17.50 tickets to the second annual "Night at the Quad City Downs" will be entitled to an evening of harness racing and dinner.






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