Day in history for September 2, 2004

1854 -- 150 years ago
Sheriff Swander locked up a horse thief today. He was caught six miles from Davenport. The horse was stolen from Mr. Renshaw at Geneseo and he rode 200 miles looking for his horse before spotting it.

1879 -- 125 years ago
Mat Schlagel and son left today for Switzerland. They will be gone six months.

1904 -- 100 years ago
Sue Titterington left to do missionary work in Cuba.

1929 -- 75 years ago
The executive committee of the Illinois American Legion warned delegates not to engage in destructive horseplay at the forthcoming convention in Rock Island.

1954 -- 50 years ago
Thieves rifled two more newspaper street sales racks owned by the Moline Dispatch some time Wednesday night, according to a report made to police this morning. They took about $3 each from the small stands outside of Moline Elks Club and A And P Supermarket, and stole one of the racks.

1979 -- 25 years ago
Members of United Food and Commercial Workers District Local 431 went on strike early this morning at both the Davenport and Madison plants of Oscar Mayer And Co., after their contracts expired at midnight. It will be the first strike at the Davenport plant since 1947, when the plant was owned by Kohrs Packing Co. The union has been negotiating with Oscar Mayer since June for a new contract.

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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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