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.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: We are told league merchants have paid no attention to the prohibition on selling ammunition, but continue to sell just as before the order was issued.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The Rev. R.F. Sweet, rector of Trinity Episcopal Parish, left for the East to visit his boyhood home in Boston before attending the general convention of the Episcopal Church in New York.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Dr. E.A. Anderson was named to succeed Dr. E.L. Kerns as head physician of the Modern Woodmen of America, and moved to Rock Island from Holdingford, Minn.
1939 -- 75 years ago: One week late, because of the outbreak of war, Dr. E.L. Beyer resumed his work as professor of romance languages at Augustana College. Dr. and Mrs. Beyer left Germany on the last train to the Belgian border.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Employees in Turnstyle stores in Moline and Davenport will vote Oct. 2 in an election set up by the Chicago regional office of the National Labor Relations Board. Employees will vote either for the Retail Clerk International or for no union.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Rock Island High School is considering a step to help teen moms stay in school and get their diploma. The school board is expected to vote tonight on instituting an on-site child care center.


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