Day in history for September 1, 2004

1854 -- 150 years ago
W.A. Nourse of Moline is at the Island City Hotel showing his sewing machines. He invites ladies to watch a sewing machine in operation.

1879 -- 125 years ago
Marshall Hawes has sought a set of patented ``reversible lines,'' a new feature in harness construction.

1904 -- 100 years ago
Members of the Barrett chapter of Royal Arch Masons and their ladies enjoyed a trolley ride party through Rock Island and Moline, followed by dancing at the Watch Tower Inn.

1929 -- 75 years ago
Walter L. Jones, 19, drowned when he stepped into a hole while he was swimming in Rock River.

1954 -- 50 years ago
Ivan V. Kinney, of Rock Island, has been appointed manager of the newly-created Davenport district of the post office department's decentralization program. The district will include Rock Island, Henry and Whiteside counties in Illinois and a large area of Iowa extending as far west as Cedar Rapids.

1979 -- 25 years ago
A 10-year-old rural Port Byron youth escaped a masked man who attempted to kidnap him as he waited in front of his home for the school bus Friday morning. The boy, a sixth-grade student at Riverdale Elementary School, was alone, waiting for the bus about 8 a.m. on W. 221st St. N. Police and school officials asked that the boy's name not be released.

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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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