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: Journeymen shoemakers of Rock Island struck for higher wages yesterday morning, asking 25 percent increases. Employers have acceded to their demand.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Lighting struck wires of the Merchants Electric Light Co. during a furious storm, and many Rock Island business houses were compelled to resort to gas as a means of illumination.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Members of the First Church of Christ, Scientist, decided to erect a new edifice at a cost of about $60,000.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Willard Anderson, junior forward for the Augustana College basketball team, which won 17 out of 22 contests, was elected captain of the quintet.
1964 -- 50 years ago: John Hoffman, Moline, president of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts, will be honored for his 50 years in scouting by members of the council at a dinner Thursday evening.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Quad-Cities has what is believed to be the area's first elite-class gymnast. It's the stuff upon which Olympic competitors are made. Tiffany Chapman, of Rock Island, not only has earned the highest possible gymnast ranking, she won the honor at age 11.






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