Day in history for August 9, 2004

1854 -- 150 years ago
A man advertised for a wife in a Cambridge newspaper, the Henry County Dial. A girl aged 15 responded, ''I'm weary of the single life, would just as soon become your wife.''

1879 -- 125 years ago
O.J. Dimock has received a life-size stone image of his former Newfoundland dog. The stone will be placed over the grave of the Dimicks' two children, where the dog had lain on guard ever since the children died of diphtheria. F.O. Cross of Chicago was the sculptor.

1904 -- 100 years ago
Oscar Wiley, a steeplejack, has been hired to paint the tower of St. Mary's Church, Rock Island. Wiley's wife, now working in Indiana, also is a climber.

1929 -- 75 years ago
The stock market collapsed today, with losses in the price of shares running from $2 to $26.50. The setback is considered temporary.

1954 -- 50 years ago
A severe gale caused damage estimated at $100,000 Monday night when it struck Kewanee, unroofing the city hall, shattering store windows and uprooting trees. The storm hit just 15 minutes after the city council had adjourned from the second floor council chambers.

1979 -- 25 years ago
The Colona Township Board approved a 100 percent increase in the prices of lots in the township's three cemeteries: Dayton, Colona and Glenwood. Each lot consists of two gravesites and the new price will be $200 per lot for township residents and $600 for non-residents.

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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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