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: Quite a number of Negroes have lately been brought here by abolition offers returning from the army in violation of the laws of the state.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Miss Tillie Denkmann, of Rock Island, was making plans to accompany a Davenport family on a tour of Europe.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The German advance into Belgium was going apparently without serious check. The American ambassador at Berlin published a denial of the charge that Americans had been ill-treated in Germany.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Seventy-two members of Rock Island High School's 1939 graduating class are preparing to enter college — 34 of them at Augustana.
1964 -- 50 years ago: One of the oldest buildings in Milan, which for a number of years has housed the Milan Hotel, will be razed to make way for a modern, two-story office structure.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Some are blaming it on the sudden influx of insects and the extreme humidity. Still others say the invasion was inspired by a recent movie. But whatever the reason, the Quad-Cities is swarming with bats.




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