Day in history for September 7, 2004

1854 -- 150 years ago
The body of a Swede, a member of the party of new immigrants, has been found near the Washburn settlement. He had stopped at a house, in company with two others, had drunk two dippers of cold water, and immediately fell senseless. He was restored by throwing cold water over him, but he probably strayed from his comrades and got lost in the high grass, where he died of heat exhaustion.

1879 -- 125 years ago
''Evangeline'' will be the attraction at the Harper Opera House Saturday night.

1904 -- 100 years ago
Four races were held at the Ninth Street track Saturday by the Rock Island Jockey Club. Noble L. was an easy winner.

1929 -- 75 years ago
As delegates to the Illinois Council of Carpenters leave Rock Island following their convention, delegates to the 47th convention of the Illinois Federation of Labor are arriving.

1954 -- 50 years ago
Mrs. Joseph Hodoval, 2220 30th St., Rock Island, thought her vegetable garden had turned into a watermelon patch when she found a three-and-a-quarter pound cucumber there Monday. The vegetable looks like an elongated muskmelon.

1979 -- 25 years ago
Tires on East Moline squad cars were slashed early this morning as the officers took breaks at the Mr. Donut at 1600 10th St. Officers Sue Holdridge and John Skaggs reported the incident to the station at 12:30 a.m.

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1864 — 150 years ago: A fine lumber mill is on the course of erection at Andalusia. A flouring mill at that location is doing a fine business.
1889 — 125 years ago: J.B. Lidders, past captain of Beardsley Camp, Sons of Veterans, returned from Paterson, N.Y., where he attended the National Sons of Veterans encampments.
1914 — 100 years ago: President Wilson announced that he had received from the imperial chancellor of Germany a noncommittal reply to his inquiry into a report that the emperor was willing to discuss terms of peace.
1939 — 75 years ago: Delegates at the Illinois Conference of the Methodist Church in Springfield voted to raise the minimum pay of ministers so that every pastor would get at least $1,000 annually.
1964 — 50 years ago: An audience of more than 2,600 persons jammed into the Davenport RKO Orpheum theater with a shoe horn feasted on a Miller-Diller evening that was a killer night. Phyllis Diller sent the audience with her offbeat humor. And send them she did! It was Miss Diller's third appearance in the Quad-Cities area.
1989 — 25 years ago: A few years ago, a vacant lot on 7th Avenue and 14th Street in Rock Island was a community nuisance. Weeds grew as high 18 inches. Today, the lot has a new face, thanks to Michael and Sheila Rind and other neighbors who helped them turn it into a park three weeks ago.





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