Day in history for September 2, 2004

1854 -- 150 years ago
Sheriff Swander locked up a horse thief today. He was caught six miles from Davenport. The horse was stolen from Mr. Renshaw at Geneseo and he rode 200 miles looking for his horse before spotting it.

1879 -- 125 years ago
Mat Schlagel and son left today for Switzerland. They will be gone six months.

1904 -- 100 years ago
Sue Titterington left to do missionary work in Cuba.

1929 -- 75 years ago
The executive committee of the Illinois American Legion warned delegates not to engage in destructive horseplay at the forthcoming convention in Rock Island.

1954 -- 50 years ago
Thieves rifled two more newspaper street sales racks owned by the Moline Dispatch some time Wednesday night, according to a report made to police this morning. They took about $3 each from the small stands outside of Moline Elks Club and A And P Supermarket, and stole one of the racks.

1979 -- 25 years ago
Members of United Food and Commercial Workers District Local 431 went on strike early this morning at both the Davenport and Madison plants of Oscar Mayer And Co., after their contracts expired at midnight. It will be the first strike at the Davenport plant since 1947, when the plant was owned by Kohrs Packing Co. The union has been negotiating with Oscar Mayer since June for a new contract.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Quite a number of Negroes have lately been brought here by abolition offers returning from the army in violation of the laws of the state.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Miss Tillie Denkmann, of Rock Island, was making plans to accompany a Davenport family on a tour of Europe.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The German advance into Belgium was going apparently without serious check. The American ambassador at Berlin published a denial of the charge that Americans had been ill-treated in Germany.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Seventy-two members of Rock Island High School's 1939 graduating class are preparing to enter college — 34 of them at Augustana.
1964 -- 50 years ago: One of the oldest buildings in Milan, which for a number of years has housed the Milan Hotel, will be razed to make way for a modern, two-story office structure.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Some are blaming it on the sudden influx of insects and the extreme humidity. Still others say the invasion was inspired by a recent movie. But whatever the reason, the Quad-Cities is swarming with bats.




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