Day in history for September 3, 2004

1854 -- 150 years ago
C.C. Webber and S.R. Tede have rebuilt their Union foundry and are doing business at a rate of about $50,000 a year. Their building was blown down in the recent tornado.

1879 -- 125 years ago
A fire, started by tramps, destroyed the old county poorhouse on the Milan road (9th Street) last night. The building was erected by Rinnah Wells, who came here in 1828 and lived as a neighbor with the Indians.

1904 -- 100 years ago
Three thousand men, it is expected, will march in the Labor Day parade to be held in Rock Island.

1929 -- 75 years ago
The Rock Island Baseball Club will finish the season with a debt of $8,000 but expects to stay in the Mississippi Valley League next year.

1954 -- 50 years ago
The Geneseo Fire Department put into service a new 1,250-gallon water tank truck which will provide additional water supply for the department in extinguishing area fires.

1979 -- 25 years ago
A plan to build an Eagle Discount Supermarket on the site of the former Downing's Dairy won the first of three necessary OKs from Rock Island officials Tuesday night. Officials of Lucky Stores Inc., parent company of the chain, received approval from the city's planning commission to rezone two pieces of property next to the store site at 24th Street and 23rd Avenue, where the dairy burned down in December.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: The ladies have adopted the fashion of wearing representations of insects in the flowers on their bonnets. Some look very natural.
1889 -- 125 years ago: T.F. Cary, former Rock Island alderman, has accepted a position as salesman for a Chicago wallpaper house and plans to move to that city.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Work on the new telephone building on 18th Street between 6th and 7th avenues is progressing rapidly.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Rock Island's new theater at 3rd Avenue and 19th Street will have a name significant of its location. The "Rocket" is scheduled to open Thanksgiving Day.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Two of Rock Island's newest water towers were vandalized last night, including the one at 38th Street and 31st Avenue, where police took five Moline boys into custody about 9 p.m..
1989 -- 25 years ago: Some of us who live in the Quad-Cities take the Mississippi River for granted, or at least we used to. But the river is not taken for granted by our visitors. And most Quad-Citians are realizing the importance of the river to this area as increased emphasis is placed on tourism.







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