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: Col. H.F. Sickless informs us that there will be new organization of troops in this state under the call for more men.
1889 -- 125 years ago: James Normoyle arrived home after graduating from West Point with honors in the class of 1889. He was to report to Fort Brady, Mich., as second lieutenant in the 23rd Infantry.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Austria Hungary declared war on Serbia. Germany and Austria refused an invitation of Sir Edward Grey to join Great Britain at a mediation conference.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Dr. William Mayo, the last of the three famous Mayo brother surgeons, died at the age of 78.
1964 -- 50 years ago: One of the biggest horse shows of the season was held yesterday at Hillandale Arena on Knoxville Road under the sponsorship of the Illowa Horsemen's Club.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Davenport is like a gigantic carnival this weekend with the Bix Arts Fest taking over 12 square blocks of the downtown area. A festive atmosphere prevailed Friday as thousands of people turned out to sample what the Arts Fest has to offer.








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