Day in history for August 30, 2004

1854 -- 150 years ago
The most dangerous chain of rocks in the upper Mississippi extend across the stream near Campbell's Island, below Hampton. More steamboats have been wrecked there than on any other rocks. Messrs. Swan And Co. today began blasting the rocks away.

1879 -- 125 years ago
Fred Buckley of Edgington has received by express from Oxford, Ohio a fine Poland China hog.

1904 -- 100 years ago
Fire destroyed the grocery store and home of J.C. Weaver. Besides being a grocer, Mr. Weaver works as a carpenter in Kalhke's boat yard.

1929 -- 75 years ago
H.H. Cleaveland of Rock Island, Illinois Director of Public Works, Secretary of War James W. Good and Gov. Louis L. Emmerson are on an inland waterway tour inspection.

1954 -- 50 years ago
Fire blamed on an electrical short circuit caused damage estimated at $2,900 Sunday night at the Manhattan Cafe, 2228 4th Ave., Rock Island. Three fire companies, including the aerial company, were sent to the restaurant at 11:20 p.m.

1979 -- 25 years ago
Two retaining walls, erroneously built on public property and now in ''hazardous condition,'' may be given away by Rock Island officials so they are not liable for damages if the structures fall. The walls, in the 2800 block of 8 1/2 Ave., were built without permission on city right-of-way, but are integral to the foundations of buildings there.

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1864 — 150 years ago: It is estimated that 300,000 people attended the recent Democratic convention in Chicago when Gen. George B. McClellan of New Jersey was nominated as a candidate for president of the United States.
1889 — 125 years ago: Alderman Frank Ill, Winslow Howard and Captain J.M. Montgomery returned from Milwaukee, where they attended the national Grand Army of the Republic encampment.
1914 — 100 years ago: Three members of the Rock Island YMCA accepted positions as physical directors of other associations. Albert Cook went to Kewanee, C.D. Curtis to Canton and Willis Woods to Leavenworth, Kan.
1939 — 75 years ago: Former President Herbert Hoover appealed for national support of President F.D. Roosevelt and Congress in every effort to keep the United States out of war.
1964 — 50 years ago: The Rock Island Junior chamber pf Commerce has received answers to about 65 % of the 600 questionnaires mailed out recently in a "Community Attitude Survey" to analyze sentiments of citizens towards their city's various recreational, educational, and civic service programs.
1989 — 25 years ago: The two thunderstorms passing through the Quad Cities last night and early today left some area residents reaching for their flashlights.






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