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: 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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