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 are informed by J.H. Hull that the reason the street sprinkler was not at work yesterday settling the dust on the streets, was because one of his horses was injured.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Bonnie McGregor, a fleet-footed stallion owned by S.W. Wheelock of this community, covered himself with glory at Lexington, Ky, when he ran a mile in 2:13 1/2. The horse's value was estimated as at least $50,000.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Troops are pouring into Paris to prepare for defense of the city. The German army is reported to be only 60 miles from the capital of France.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The German army has invaded Poland in undeclared warfare. Poland has appealed to Great Britain and France for aid.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Publication of a plant newspaper, the Farmall Works News, has been launched at the Rock Island IHC factory and replaces a managerial newsletter.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Officials predict Monday's Rock Island Labor Parade will be the biggest and best ever. Last minute work continues on floats and costumes for the parade, which steps off a 9:30 a.m.




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