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: The attention of contractors is called to proposals for building a magazine. The building is to be erected on the south side of the island, above the railroad, nearly opposite Sinnit's ice houses.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Ladies patent leather tip shoes were selling for $3 at the M & K store, and men's spring overcoats were advertised at $7.50.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Fred Feuchter, of Davenport, was elected president of the Tri-City Post Office Clerks club, and Joe Goldsmith, of Rock Island, was named secretary treasurer.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Mass vaccination of more than 1,600 employed of the Rock Island Arsenal has been ordered by Col. Norman Ramsey after a 13-year-old daughter of the Arsenal manager became ill with smallpox.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The 1964 Scout-O-Rama of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts closed a two-day session last evening at the Rock Island Armory with 5,000 paid attendance.
1989 -- 25 years ago: "From the horse and buggy days ... to this" said Mercer County Sheriff Marvin Thirtyacre, waving his hand to indicate the sheriff's department facilities at the new $1.5 million Mercer County Jail in Aledo.




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