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: A fine lumber mill is on the course of erection at Andalusia. A flouring mill at that location is doing a fine business.
1889 — 125 years ago: J.B. Lidders, past captain of Beardsley Camp, Sons of Veterans, returned from Paterson, N.Y., where he attended the National Sons of Veterans encampments.
1914 — 100 years ago: President Wilson announced that he had received from the imperial chancellor of Germany a noncommittal reply to his inquiry into a report that the emperor was willing to discuss terms of peace.
1939 — 75 years ago: Delegates at the Illinois Conference of the Methodist Church in Springfield voted to raise the minimum pay of ministers so that every pastor would get at least $1,000 annually.
1964 — 50 years ago: An audience of more than 2,600 persons jammed into the Davenport RKO Orpheum theater with a shoe horn feasted on a Miller-Diller evening that was a killer night. Phyllis Diller sent the audience with her offbeat humor. And send them she did! It was Miss Diller's third appearance in the Quad-Cities area.
1989 — 25 years ago: A few years ago, a vacant lot on 7th Avenue and 14th Street in Rock Island was a community nuisance. Weeds grew as high 18 inches. Today, the lot has a new face, thanks to Michael and Sheila Rind and other neighbors who helped them turn it into a park three weeks ago.





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