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: 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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