Day in history for August 4, 2004

1854 -- 150 years ago
Although the grand Island City Hotel is not yet completed, the proprietors, Messrs. Tuxbury and Arnold, do accept the guests who insist upon it. As soon as a room is plastered, it is occupied.

1879 -- 125 years ago
The river is falling and freight shipments to Rock Island are scarce. Some steamboat captains are afraid to risk running in low water.

1904 -- 100 years ago
Members of the Rock Island County Board of Supervisors yesterday visited the new wing of Watertown State Hospital and, in a sense, dedicated it.

1929 -- 75 years ago
The Chamber of Commerce estimates that 623 families moved into Rock Island during the first half of 1929.

1954 -- 50 years ago
Aledo was without light and power service for several hours early today as the result of a lightning bolt that struck a 33,000-volt transformer at the Aledo substation of the Public Service Co. Full service was expected to be restored by noon today with the installation of a mobile transformer, which was sent from Dixon at 6:30 a.m.

1979 -- 25 years ago
Reports of bats flying around homes and biting a man's ear this week are ''a sign of the season,'' said Fred Siebenmann, Rock Island County Health Department director. The recent hot, wet weather has helped produce a large insect population, and bats have been flying more during evenings, gobbling them up in mid-air.

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1864 — 150 years ago: Some persons are negotiating for 80 feet of ground on Illinois Street with a view of erecting four stores thereon. It would serve a better purpose if the money was invested in neat tenement houses.
1889 — 125 years ago: The Central station, car house and stables of the Moline-Rock Island Horse Railway line of the Holmes syndicate, together with 15 cars and 42 head of horses, were destroyed by fire. The loss was at $15,000.
1914 — 100 years ago: Vera Cruz, Mexico, after a day and night of resistance to American forces, gradually ceased opposition. The American forces took complete control of the city.
1939 — 75 years ago: Dr. R. Bruce Collins was reelected for a second term as president of the Lower Rock Island County Tuberculosis Association.
1964 — 50 years ago: Work is scheduled to begin this summer on construction of a new men's residence complex and an addition to the dining facilities at Westerlin Hall at Augustana College.
1989 — 25 years ago: Special Olympics competitors were triple winners at Rock Island High School Saturday. The participants vanquished the rain that fell during the competition, and some won their events; but most important, they triumphed over their own disabilities.

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