Day in history for September 5, 2004

1854 -- 150 years ago
That magnificent great mirror at the Island City Hotel Barbers Saloon adds much to the elegant appearance of the room. Lewis and Abram Reyno, the proprietors, have fitted up the room in a very tasteful manner and employ the most accomplished workmen they can find.

1879 -- 125 years ago
If fires should break out now in Rock Island, a catastrophe could ensue, because most wells are without water, owing to the drought.

1904 -- 100 years ago
LaCrosse, Wis., city officials are here inspecting the Rock Island waterworks.

1929 -- 75 years ago
Victor M. Olander, secretary of the Illinois Federation of Labor, is in Rock Island to plan the state convention to be held here.

1954 -- 50 years ago
A further investigation was underway today by Whiteside County authorities after a member of the Wooded Acres nudist colony near Hillsdale was hit in the head by a .22-caliber slug Sunday night. Two boys, ages 13 and 15, residing near the camp, have admitted firing .22-caliber rifles in the vicinity but denied shooting directly at camp members who were playing volleyball.

1979 -- 25 years ago
Cold skiers at Milan's Mount Camden will have a place to warm up this winter. The Milan village board gave the go-ahead to plans by the Milan Jaycees to build a $10,000 all-purpose building in Camden Park.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: We are informed by J.H. Hull that the reason the street sprinkler was not at work yesterday settling the dust on the streets, was because one of his horses was injured.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Bonnie McGregor, a fleet-footed stallion owned by S.W. Wheelock of this community, covered himself with glory at Lexington, Ky, when he ran a mile in 2:13 1/2. The horse's value was estimated as at least $50,000.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Troops are pouring into Paris to prepare for defense of the city. The German army is reported to be only 60 miles from the capital of France.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The German army has invaded Poland in undeclared warfare. Poland has appealed to Great Britain and France for aid.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Publication of a plant newspaper, the Farmall Works News, has been launched at the Rock Island IHC factory and replaces a managerial newsletter.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Officials predict Monday's Rock Island Labor Parade will be the biggest and best ever. Last minute work continues on floats and costumes for the parade, which steps off a 9:30 a.m.




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