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: We are informed by J.H. Hull that the reason the street sprinkler was not at work yesterday settling the dust on the streets, was because one of his horses was injured.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Bonnie McGregor, a fleet-footed stallion owned by S.W. Wheelock of this community, covered himself with glory at Lexington, Ky, when he ran a mile in 2:13 1/2. The horse's value was estimated as at least $50,000.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Troops are pouring into Paris to prepare for defense of the city. The German army is reported to be only 60 miles from the capital of France.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The German army has invaded Poland in undeclared warfare. Poland has appealed to Great Britain and France for aid.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Publication of a plant newspaper, the Farmall Works News, has been launched at the Rock Island IHC factory and replaces a managerial newsletter.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Officials predict Monday's Rock Island Labor Parade will be the biggest and best ever. Last minute work continues on floats and costumes for the parade, which steps off a 9:30 a.m.




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