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: A corps of surgeons now occupies the new hospital quarters at the Garrison Hospital on the Rock Island Arsenal. A fence has been installed to enclose the prison hospital.
1889 -- 125 years ago: B. Winter has let a contract to Christ Schreiner for a two story brick building with a double store front on the south side of 3rd Avenue just west of 17th Street. The estimated cost was $4,500.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Germany sent simultaneous ultimatums to Russia and France, demanding that Russia suspend mobilization within 12 hours and demanding that France inform Germany within 18 hours. In the case of war between Germany and Russia, France would remain neutral.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Civil service offices at the post office and the Rock Island Arsenal were swamped as more than 700 youths sought 15 machinist apprenticeships at the Arsenal.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Last night, American Legion Post 246 in Moline figuratively handed over the trousers to a female ex-Marine and petticoat rule began. Olga Swanson, of Moline, was installed as the first woman commander of the post .
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illinois Quad City Civic Center captured the excitement and interest of a convention of auditorium managers this weekend in Reno, Nev. Bill Adams, civic center authority chairman, said the 10,000-seat arena planned for downtown Moline has caught the eye of construction firms, suppliers, management teams and concession groups.








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