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: A corps of surgeons now occupies the new hospital quarters at the Garrison Hospital on the Rock Island Arsenal. A fence has been installed to enclose the prison hospital.
1889 -- 125 years ago: B. Winter has let a contract to Christ Schreiner for a two story brick building with a double store front on the south side of 3rd Avenue just west of 17th Street. The estimated cost was $4,500.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Germany sent simultaneous ultimatums to Russia and France, demanding that Russia suspend mobilization within 12 hours and demanding that France inform Germany within 18 hours. In the case of war between Germany and Russia, France would remain neutral.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Civil service offices at the post office and the Rock Island Arsenal were swamped as more than 700 youths sought 15 machinist apprenticeships at the Arsenal.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Last night, American Legion Post 246 in Moline figuratively handed over the trousers to a female ex-Marine and petticoat rule began. Olga Swanson, of Moline, was installed as the first woman commander of the post .
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illinois Quad City Civic Center captured the excitement and interest of a convention of auditorium managers this weekend in Reno, Nev. Bill Adams, civic center authority chairman, said the 10,000-seat arena planned for downtown Moline has caught the eye of construction firms, suppliers, management teams and concession groups.








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