Day in history for August 5, 2004

1854 -- 150 years ago
Stonework for the first bridge across the Mississippi has been completed from this city to the island. Grading on the island is going ahead rapidly.

1879 -- 125 years ago
The Milan Paper Company will begin full-time operations August 17.

1904 -- 100 years ago
Company A of Rock Island held a circus at Camp Lincoln. Ralph Souders and Abe Kalhke won races. Capt. Dunavin and Pvt. Oberg engaged in an interesting boxing match. Lt. Koch made a hit as a tightrope walker.

1929 -- 75 years ago
William Shepherd, 32, and Paul Strawn, 35, were killed as they stunted before 10,000 people at the dedication of a Burlington airport. The men had borrowed the plane they were using in Moline.

1954 -- 50 years ago
State fire investigators and department of welfare officials were expected to inspect a fire-damaged ward of the East Moline State Hospital today. The roof of the 2-story fire-resistant structure was destroyed Wednesday night in a spectacular blaze that occupied firemen of four cities for more than four hours.

1979 -- 25 years ago
Willie ''Say Hey'' Mays from Westfield, Ala., who for 22 seasons personified imperishable youth and the joy of playing baseball, will be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame this afternoon with Hack Wilson and former Moliner Warren Giles, president of the National League for 18 years.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: A corps of surgeons now occupies the new hospital quarters at the Garrison Hospital on the Rock Island Arsenal. A fence has been installed to enclose the prison hospital.
1889 -- 125 years ago: B. Winter has let a contract to Christ Schreiner for a two story brick building with a double store front on the south side of 3rd Avenue just west of 17th Street. The estimated cost was $4,500.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Germany sent simultaneous ultimatums to Russia and France, demanding that Russia suspend mobilization within 12 hours and demanding that France inform Germany within 18 hours. In the case of war between Germany and Russia, France would remain neutral.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Civil service offices at the post office and the Rock Island Arsenal were swamped as more than 700 youths sought 15 machinist apprenticeships at the Arsenal.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Last night, American Legion Post 246 in Moline figuratively handed over the trousers to a female ex-Marine and petticoat rule began. Olga Swanson, of Moline, was installed as the first woman commander of the post .
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illinois Quad City Civic Center captured the excitement and interest of a convention of auditorium managers this weekend in Reno, Nev. Bill Adams, civic center authority chairman, said the 10,000-seat arena planned for downtown Moline has caught the eye of construction firms, suppliers, management teams and concession groups.








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