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: We learn that it is a contemplation to start a paper mill in Rock Island during the summer by a gentleman from the East.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The gates of Oklahoma were swung open at noon today, and a throng of more than 30,000 settlers started over its soil.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Iowa Coliseum Co. was incorporated with $40,000 capital and planned a building on 4th Street between Warren and Green streets in Davenport.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans are being discussed for resurfacing the streets in the entire downtown district of Rock Island.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Some 45 jobs will be created at J.I. Case Co.'s Rock Island plant in a expansion of operations announced yesterday afternoon at the firm's headquarters in Racine, Wis.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Gardeners and farmers cheered, but not all Quad-Citians found joy Saturday as more than an inch of rain fell on the area. Motorists faced dangerous, rain-slick roads as the water activated grease and grime that had built up during dry weather.








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