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: It is rumored in the streets that the 13 negroes sent to Quincy on the Moline quota were refused. We think this must be a mistake.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Harvey McKenna, of Detroit, billiard player matched to play Wizard Schafer in New York in January for the world championship, was a professional friend and manager, Billy Catton in Rock Island.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Levi Cralle, former Rock Island county sheriff, had come from his farm near Mitchell, S.D. to visit friends in the city.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Work is being rushed on the new high school building in Orion to replace the one destroyed by fire last winter. Classes are being held in churches.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Rehearsals for the 84th season of the Handel Oratorio Society chorus will begin at 7:30 p.m. Monday on the stage of Centennial Hall, Augustana College.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Rock Island City Council's plan announced this week to have the federal government vacate Valley Homes public housing and move residents to Arsenal Courts to reduce density may not be feasible.

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