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: A fine lumber mill is on the course of erection at Andalusia. A flouring mill at that location is doing a fine business.
1889 — 125 years ago: J.B. Lidders, past captain of Beardsley Camp, Sons of Veterans, returned from Paterson, N.Y., where he attended the National Sons of Veterans encampments.
1914 — 100 years ago: President Wilson announced that he had received from the imperial chancellor of Germany a noncommittal reply to his inquiry into a report that the emperor was willing to discuss terms of peace.
1939 — 75 years ago: Delegates at the Illinois Conference of the Methodist Church in Springfield voted to raise the minimum pay of ministers so that every pastor would get at least $1,000 annually.
1964 — 50 years ago: An audience of more than 2,600 persons jammed into the Davenport RKO Orpheum theater with a shoe horn feasted on a Miller-Diller evening that was a killer night. Phyllis Diller sent the audience with her offbeat humor. And send them she did! It was Miss Diller's third appearance in the Quad-Cities area.
1989 — 25 years ago: A few years ago, a vacant lot on 7th Avenue and 14th Street in Rock Island was a community nuisance. Weeds grew as high 18 inches. Today, the lot has a new face, thanks to Michael and Sheila Rind and other neighbors who helped them turn it into a park three weeks ago.





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