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: Charles M. Osborn of this city, a lawyer of prominence, who voted for Lincoln in 1860 is now out strong for McClellan and will take the stump for him.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The George Fleming company had begun its dried fruit packing in a branch plant on 16th Street, Rock Island, employing nearly a hundred workers.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The cornerstone of the new Eagles home was laid. Building committee members were John Kobeman, Fred Ehmke and Frank Wich.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Former Kaiser Wilhelm, in exile, is sad as the Nazis march with communists.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Ninety-two members of the acappella choir at Davenport's West High School today accepted an invitation to perform at the New York World's Fair on June 13, 1965.
1989 -- 25 years ago: A Rock Island woman is one of 50 winners of $10,000 in cash in the Illinois State Lottery's "Celebration "89" instant ticket game. Dawn Loeffler was the third winner to be chosen through daily drawings that began Aug. 28 and will run 50 consecutive days.






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