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: Miss McCorkindale has opened millinery rooms over Gimbel's dry goods store, where she offers a choice lot of millinery goods, which she will manufacture to order.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The little South Park Presbyterian chapel celebrated it first Easter decorated with flowers for an afternoon worship service attended by a large congregation.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Wennerberg Chorus of Augustana College has returned from a 2,000-mile tour in the Eastern states and Illinois.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Col. Charles Lindbergh has stated that he is convinced that Germany's air force is equal to the combined sky fleets of her potential European foes.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Small gas motors may be permitted on boats in the lake to be built in Loud Thunder Forest Preserve. The prospect was discussed yesterday at a meeting of the Rock Island County Forest Preserve Commission.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The annual Dispatch/Rock Island Argus Spelling Bee continues to be a family tradition. Ed Lee, an eighth-grader at John Deere Junior High School, Moline, is the 1989 spelling bee champion from among 49 top spellers in Rock Island, Henry and Mercer counties. He advances to the competition in Washington, D.C. Runnerup was Ed's sister, Susan.






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