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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