Day in history for August 8, 2004

1854 -- 150 years ago
We learn by letter from Wm. Marshall, Esq., of Cordova that during the thunderstorm of Thursday night, the Messrs. Cool of that precinct had one of their large barns struck by lightning and consumed, together with all its contents.

1879 -- 125 years ago
Charles A. Jarvis, proprietor of the Rock Island House, sent to The Argus today some fine nutmeg melons, which were raised on his farm. They are of fine flavor, large and firm.

1904 -- 100 years ago
A team of Davenport policemen defeated the Rock Island police baseball team, 13 to 10.

1954 -- 50 years ago
Century-old markers, in many sections of the cemetery east of Riverside Park lagoon and north of 5th Avenue, are stacked like bleached cordwood against shade trees. Many years ago, fire destroyed the records of the former Moline Cemetery Association, which administered the old burial ground, and with the loss went the knowledge of many grave boundaries.

1979 -- 25 years ago
A fully-loaded refuse truck tipped over on Rock Island's 5th Avenue at 27th Street, early yesterday afternoon, spilling its contents and blocking the thoroughfare. The truck driver told police he tipped over after swerving to avoid striking a parked car. No one was injured.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: We learn that it is a contemplation to start a paper mill in Rock Island during the summer by a gentleman from the East.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The gates of Oklahoma were swung open at noon today, and a throng of more than 30,000 settlers started over its soil.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Iowa Coliseum Co. was incorporated with $40,000 capital and planned a building on 4th Street between Warren and Green streets in Davenport.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans are being discussed for resurfacing the streets in the entire downtown district of Rock Island.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Some 45 jobs will be created at J.I. Case Co.'s Rock Island plant in a expansion of operations announced yesterday afternoon at the firm's headquarters in Racine, Wis.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Gardeners and farmers cheered, but not all Quad-Citians found joy Saturday as more than an inch of rain fell on the area. Motorists faced dangerous, rain-slick roads as the water activated grease and grime that had built up during dry weather.








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