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 ladies have adopted the fashion of wearing representations of insects in the flowers on their bonnets. Some look very natural.
1889 -- 125 years ago: T.F. Cary, former Rock Island alderman, has accepted a position as salesman for a Chicago wallpaper house and plans to move to that city.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Work on the new telephone building on 18th Street between 6th and 7th avenues is progressing rapidly.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Rock Island's new theater at 3rd Avenue and 19th Street will have a name significant of its location. The "Rocket" is scheduled to open Thanksgiving Day.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Two of Rock Island's newest water towers were vandalized last night, including the one at 38th Street and 31st Avenue, where police took five Moline boys into custody about 9 p.m..
1989 -- 25 years ago: Some of us who live in the Quad-Cities take the Mississippi River for granted, or at least we used to. But the river is not taken for granted by our visitors. And most Quad-Citians are realizing the importance of the river to this area as increased emphasis is placed on tourism.







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