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 attention of contractors is called to proposals for building a magazine. The building is to be erected on the south side of the island, above the railroad, nearly opposite Sinnit's ice houses.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Ladies patent leather tip shoes were selling for $3 at the M & K store, and men's spring overcoats were advertised at $7.50.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Fred Feuchter, of Davenport, was elected president of the Tri-City Post Office Clerks club, and Joe Goldsmith, of Rock Island, was named secretary treasurer.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Mass vaccination of more than 1,600 employed of the Rock Island Arsenal has been ordered by Col. Norman Ramsey after a 13-year-old daughter of the Arsenal manager became ill with smallpox.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The 1964 Scout-O-Rama of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts closed a two-day session last evening at the Rock Island Armory with 5,000 paid attendance.
1989 -- 25 years ago: "From the horse and buggy days ... to this" said Mercer County Sheriff Marvin Thirtyacre, waving his hand to indicate the sheriff's department facilities at the new $1.5 million Mercer County Jail in Aledo.




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