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: The store of Devoe and Crampton was entered and robbed of about $500 worth of gold pens and pocket cutlery last night.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Michael Malloy was named president of the Tri-City Stone Cutters Union.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Dewitte C. Poole, former Moline newspaperman serving as vice consul general for the United States government in Paris, declared in a letter to friends that the once gay Paris is a city of sadness and desolation.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans for the construction of an $80,000 wholesale bakery at 2011 4th Ave. were announced by Harry and Nick Coin, of Rock Island. It is to be known as the Banquet Bakery.
1964 -- 50 years ago: An application has been filed for a state permit to organize a savings and loan association in Moline, it was announced. The applicants are Ben Butterworth, A.B. Lundahl, C. Richard Evans, John Harris, George Crampton and William Getz, all of Moline, Charles Roberts, Rock Island, and Charles Johnson, of Hampton.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Indian summer is quickly disappearing as temperatures slide into the 40s and 50s this week. Last week, highs were in the 80s.


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