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: We learn that it is a contemplation to start a paper mill in Rock Island during the summer by a gentleman from the East.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The gates of Oklahoma were swung open at noon today, and a throng of more than 30,000 settlers started over its soil.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Iowa Coliseum Co. was incorporated with $40,000 capital and planned a building on 4th Street between Warren and Green streets in Davenport.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans are being discussed for resurfacing the streets in the entire downtown district of Rock Island.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Some 45 jobs will be created at J.I. Case Co.'s Rock Island plant in a expansion of operations announced yesterday afternoon at the firm's headquarters in Racine, Wis.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Gardeners and farmers cheered, but not all Quad-Citians found joy Saturday as more than an inch of rain fell on the area. Motorists faced dangerous, rain-slick roads as the water activated grease and grime that had built up during dry weather.








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