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 are informed by J.H. Hull that the reason the street sprinkler was not at work yesterday settling the dust on the streets, was because one of his horses was injured.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Bonnie McGregor, a fleet-footed stallion owned by S.W. Wheelock of this community, covered himself with glory at Lexington, Ky, when he ran a mile in 2:13 1/2. The horse's value was estimated as at least $50,000.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Troops are pouring into Paris to prepare for defense of the city. The German army is reported to be only 60 miles from the capital of France.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The German army has invaded Poland in undeclared warfare. Poland has appealed to Great Britain and France for aid.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Publication of a plant newspaper, the Farmall Works News, has been launched at the Rock Island IHC factory and replaces a managerial newsletter.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Officials predict Monday's Rock Island Labor Parade will be the biggest and best ever. Last minute work continues on floats and costumes for the parade, which steps off a 9:30 a.m.




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