Day in history for September 11, 2004

1854 -- 150 years ago
Five thousand land seekers are expected to leave the eastern states for Nebraska within the next few weeks. About a hundred persons left Chicago Thursday afternoon, headed for Nebraska.

1879 -- 125 years ago
The Athletics are practicing nightly for the boat races next Saturday. The 4-oared shell will be manned by Tom Rodman, Forey Heath, L.G. Andrews and Ben T. Cable.

1904 -- 100 years ago
All the Methodist churches of this region have petitioned the Illinois conference for the return of their present pastors.

1929 -- 75 years ago
The annual picnic of the Rock Island County Farm Bureau is expected to attract 3,000 persons.

1954 -- 50 years ago
Mayor Carl F. Bauer of Rock Island today revealed city officials currently are studying the economic feasibility of continuing the city's river-rail terminal as a municipal function or selling it to private enterprise.

1979 -- 25 years ago
Atmospheric conditions triggered a telephone ''traffic jam'' this morning that snarled long-distance calls throughout much of the state, including the Quad-Cities. Fog and high humidity scrambled the company's long distance microwave relay system serving Peoria, Rockford, Kankakee and 65,000 Quad-City area customers, according to Gary Robinson, area phone company manager.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: The ferry boat, Rock Island, having been put in good order at the boat yard is now making her regular trips, much to the gratification of those who have to cross the river.
1889 -- 125 years ago: W.J. Gamble, for many years superintendent of the Moline & Rock Island railway, leased the Fourth Avenue Hotel and renovated and refurnished it throughout.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Pending the building of new public schools or additions to the present ones to provide adequate room for all the children, the board of education decided that pupils younger than 6 years old would not be accepted in Rock Island schools.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The fifth annual New Windsor Fair and Horse show, which has been delayed for two days because of unfavorable weather, got off to a new start last night. The parade was held this morning.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The Rock Island County Fair and Rodeo will celebrate its silver anniversary this year. The fair opens Tuesday and will run through Saturday and offers entertainment and activity for young and old.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Earl Hanson School, Rock Island, joins the Program to Assist Latch Key Student, which aids working parents. PALS is a before and after school program for grades 1-6 in certain Rock Island public and private schools.




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