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: Some persons are negotiating for 80 feet of ground on Illinois Street with a view of erecting four stores thereon. It would serve a better purpose if the money was invested in neat tenement houses.
1889 — 125 years ago: The Central station, car house and stables of the Moline-Rock Island Horse Railway line of the Holmes syndicate, together with 15 cars and 42 head of horses, were destroyed by fire. The loss was at $15,000.
1914 — 100 years ago: Vera Cruz, Mexico, after a day and night of resistance to American forces, gradually ceased opposition. The American forces took complete control of the city.
1939 — 75 years ago: Dr. R. Bruce Collins was reelected for a second term as president of the Lower Rock Island County Tuberculosis Association.
1964 — 50 years ago: Work is scheduled to begin this summer on construction of a new men's residence complex and an addition to the dining facilities at Westerlin Hall at Augustana College.
1989 — 25 years ago: Special Olympics competitors were triple winners at Rock Island High School Saturday. The participants vanquished the rain that fell during the competition, and some won their events; but most important, they triumphed over their own disabilities.




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