Day in history for August 6, 2004

1854 -- 150 years ago
School children of Moline made an excursion today through Rock Island in Calkin's new omnibuses. The two buses were each drawn by four horses, the heads of which were decorated with flags. The children made a fine appearance.

1879 -- 125 years ago
The Megatherian Minstrel Company will parade Wednesday. In the parade will be comedians, vocalists, the Zouave Drum Corps, city police and a brass band.

1904 -- 100 years ago
Promoters of Rock Island fairgrounds hope to obtain more land before starting building operations near 9th Street and 18th Avenue.

1929 -- 75 years ago
Patriotic organizations of Rock Island plan a campaign against Communist Party activities in this city.

1954 -- 50 years ago
Medical officials at the East Moline State Hospital have begun the task of inoculating 2,600 patients and employees for typhoid fever as a result of a fire which destroyed the roof and attic contents of F building. Fear of back siphonage in the hospital's water supply was given as the reason for the order.

1979 -- 25 years ago
High winds, tornadoes and golf-ball sized hail pelted the Quad-Cities area overnight, damaging and destroying trailers and homes in Bettendorf and Pleasant Valley. An 81-year-old DeWitt, Iowa, man was listed in fair condition at a Clinton hospital after high winds lifted his pickup truck, carried it 100 feet and dumped it into a ditch.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Miss McCorkindale has opened millinery rooms over Gimbel's dry goods store, where she offers a choice lot of millinery goods, which she will manufacture to order.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The little South Park Presbyterian chapel celebrated it first Easter decorated with flowers for an afternoon worship service attended by a large congregation.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Wennerberg Chorus of Augustana College has returned from a 2,000-mile tour in the Eastern states and Illinois.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Col. Charles Lindbergh has stated that he is convinced that Germany's air force is equal to the combined sky fleets of her potential European foes.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Small gas motors may be permitted on boats in the lake to be built in Loud Thunder Forest Preserve. The prospect was discussed yesterday at a meeting of the Rock Island County Forest Preserve Commission.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The annual Dispatch/Rock Island Argus Spelling Bee continues to be a family tradition. Ed Lee, an eighth-grader at John Deere Junior High School, Moline, is the 1989 spelling bee champion from among 49 top spellers in Rock Island, Henry and Mercer counties. He advances to the competition in Washington, D.C. Runnerup was Ed's sister, Susan.






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