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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