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 told league merchants have paid no attention to the prohibition on selling ammunition, but continue to sell just as before the order was issued.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The Rev. R.F. Sweet, rector of Trinity Episcopal Parish, left for the East to visit his boyhood home in Boston before attending the general convention of the Episcopal Church in New York.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Dr. E.A. Anderson was named to succeed Dr. E.L. Kerns as head physician of the Modern Woodmen of America, and moved to Rock Island from Holdingford, Minn.
1939 -- 75 years ago: One week late, because of the outbreak of war, Dr. E.L. Beyer resumed his work as professor of romance languages at Augustana College. Dr. and Mrs. Beyer left Germany on the last train to the Belgian border.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Employees in Turnstyle stores in Moline and Davenport will vote Oct. 2 in an election set up by the Chicago regional office of the National Labor Relations Board. Employees will vote either for the Retail Clerk International or for no union.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Rock Island High School is considering a step to help teen moms stay in school and get their diploma. The school board is expected to vote tonight on instituting an on-site child care center.




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