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: Telegraph reports state that, about 6 o'clock on the evening of the 20th, Quantrill, with about 800 of his thieves and robbers, surrounded Lawrence, Kan., and burned it to the ground.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Newton Beer's production of "Lost in London," which had a successful run for three seasons, was presented at Harper's Theater.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The German army commanded by Fran Duke Albrecht of Wurtemburg defeated the French army at Neufchmtenu.
1939 -- 75 years ago: John Deere Harvester Works in East Moline is starting a four-story, $104,000 addition to the combine assembly building.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Short Hills Country Club held onto its lead yesterday despite a rally by host Davenport Country Club and claimed the team title in the Sunshine Cup golf series.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Quad-Citians can look forward to more excitement and fun at this year's Rock Island Labor Day parade at 9:30 a.m. Sept 4, say organizers. This years theme is "Celebrate Rock Island."






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