Day in history for August 7, 2004

1854 -- 150 years ago
Volunteer police forces have been organized in each ward in an effort to stop brickbat burglaries and robberies. Captains of the volunteers are R.T. Shaw, J.S. Kelly and Frazer Wilson.

1879 -- 125 years ago
Thirteen carloads of stone will be shipped this year for construction of Rock Island Arsenal buildings. The stone will come from the Anamosa quarries.

1904 -- 100 years ago
The Old Settlers Association will meet at the Watch Tower Inn Sept. 1. Mayor Charles P. Skinner of Moline will give the address of welcome.

1929 -- 75 years ago
The Servus Rubber Company team won the championship of the Rock Island girls' softball league championship.

1954 -- 50 years ago
An additional 130 corn storage bins for Scott County will be added with work starting in September. The bins will be located at Dixon, Donahue and Eldridge. Each bin will have the capacity of 3,250 bushels.

1979 -- 25 years ago
Memories of the coal mining era resurfaced last week when the Blossomberg mine, idle since World War II, briefly saw daylight again. Workers for Five Cities Construction Co., Moline, were laying a storm sewer in the new Windcrest Addition, east of Coal Valley, when bulldozers laid bare the mine entrance. Piles of coal still lay on the rubble-covered mine floor. The construction workers covered up the mine the day after they discovered it.

Back: Available days in August 2004



Local events heading








  Today is Thursday, July 31, the 212th day of 2014. There are 153 days left in the year.

1864 -- 150 years ago: A corps of surgeons now occupies the new hospital quarters at the Garrison Hospital on the Rock Island Arsenal. A fence has been installed to enclose the prison hospital.
1889 -- 125 years ago: B. Winter has let a contract to Christ Schreiner for a two story brick building with a double store front on the south side of 3rd Avenue just west of 17th Street. The estimated cost was $4,500.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Germany sent simultaneous ultimatums to Russia and France, demanding that Russia suspend mobilization within 12 hours and demanding that France inform Germany within 18 hours. In the case of war between Germany and Russia, France would remain neutral.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Civil service offices at the post office and the Rock Island Arsenal were swamped as more than 700 youths sought 15 machinist apprenticeships at the Arsenal.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Last night, American Legion Post 246 in Moline figuratively handed over the trousers to a female ex-Marine and petticoat rule began. Olga Swanson, of Moline, was installed as the first woman commander of the post .
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illinois Quad City Civic Center captured the excitement and interest of a convention of auditorium managers this weekend in Reno, Nev. Bill Adams, civic center authority chairman, said the 10,000-seat arena planned for downtown Moline has caught the eye of construction firms, suppliers, management teams and concession groups.








(More History)