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: Some persons are negotiating for 80 feet of ground on Illinois Street with a view of erecting four stores thereon. It would serve a better purpose if the money was invested in neat tenement houses.
1889 — 125 years ago: The Central station, car house and stables of the Moline-Rock Island Horse Railway line of the Holmes syndicate, together with 15 cars and 42 head of horses, were destroyed by fire. The loss was at $15,000.
1914 — 100 years ago: Vera Cruz, Mexico, after a day and night of resistance to American forces, gradually ceased opposition. The American forces took complete control of the city.
1939 — 75 years ago: Dr. R. Bruce Collins was reelected for a second term as president of the Lower Rock Island County Tuberculosis Association.
1964 — 50 years ago: Work is scheduled to begin this summer on construction of a new men's residence complex and an addition to the dining facilities at Westerlin Hall at Augustana College.
1989 — 25 years ago: Special Olympics competitors were triple winners at Rock Island High School Saturday. The participants vanquished the rain that fell during the competition, and some won their events; but most important, they triumphed over their own disabilities.




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