Day in history for August 31, 2004

1854 -- 150 years ago
A new paper has been started in Moline by Amos Smith, a printer who comes from the Prairie Farmer office, Chicago. The newspaper will be called ''The Moline Workman.''

1879 -- 125 years ago
Many ladies occupied seats in the balcony of Rock Island's new armory as the Rodman Rifles were officially inspected by visiting officers last night.

1904 -- 100 years ago
Over half the stock necessary for operation has been subscribed to in the proposed Rock Island County Fair Association.

1929 -- 75 years ago
A Communist party organizer was arrested by police as he distributed handbills without a permit at the gates of the Servus Rubber Company plant. He also was arrested last night in Moline for failure to have a permit to hold a street meeting.

1954 -- 50 years ago
The theft of a case of syrup and five cases of vegetable cooking oil from a railroad freight car somewhere between Davenport and Silvis has been reported to Rock Island police by R.E. Hayes, special agent for the Rock Island Lines.

1979 -- 25 years ago
The Upper Rock Island County Family YMCA in Moline is now taking registrations for Disco Dance instructions to be held at the YMCA for eight weeks, beginning Sept. 6, from 7 to 8 p.m. The class is open to the public for a fee of $25 for Y members and $35 for non-members.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: We are informed by J.H. Hull that the reason the street sprinkler was not at work yesterday settling the dust on the streets, was because one of his horses was injured.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Bonnie McGregor, a fleet-footed stallion owned by S.W. Wheelock of this community, covered himself with glory at Lexington, Ky, when he ran a mile in 2:13 1/2. The horse's value was estimated as at least $50,000.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Troops are pouring into Paris to prepare for defense of the city. The German army is reported to be only 60 miles from the capital of France.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The German army has invaded Poland in undeclared warfare. Poland has appealed to Great Britain and France for aid.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Publication of a plant newspaper, the Farmall Works News, has been launched at the Rock Island IHC factory and replaces a managerial newsletter.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Officials predict Monday's Rock Island Labor Parade will be the biggest and best ever. Last minute work continues on floats and costumes for the parade, which steps off a 9:30 a.m.




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