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: 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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