Day in history for September 17, 2004

1854 -- 150 years ago
Col. W.B. Archer of Clark County was announced as the Whig candidate in the 7th congressional district against J.C. Allen.

1879 -- 125 years ago
Al Dart was mentioned as the next Republican candidate for alderman of the Third Ward.

1904 -- 100 years ago
W.L. Ludolph was appointed city attorney, succeeding J.K. Scott, who resigned to run for state's attorney.

1929 -- 75 years ago
Emory J. Smull was elected master councilor of Templar chapter, Order of De Molay.

1954 -- 50 years ago
Davenport's ''grand old lady'' is putting on her party clothes, and the whole town's getting ready to celebrate. After standing vacant for three years, the Blackhawk Hotel will reopen Sept. 17. The $5.5 million renovation project ''is the most significant private investment in downtown Davenport in at least 20 years,'' says Larry Reed, executive vice president of the Davenport Chamber of Commerce.

1979 -- 25 years ago
Police Chief Wes Greenwood and other Milan officials say several village streets are carrying a traffic load way beyond their capacity, causing traffic jams, delays, inconveniences and accidents. Illinois Department of Transportation officials say there are plans for improving state roads in Milan, but most of them will have to wait because of what they say are more pressing situations elsewhere.

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1864 — 150 years ago: A large pair of elk, captured in Iowa, were exhibited in Market Square today.
1889 — 125 years ago: The Rock Island Arsenal dam was being constructed under the supervision of Charles Frances, of Lowell, Mass.
1914 — 100 years ago: Mrs. Frank Mixer, of Rock Island, was the winner of the final preliminary for the women's handicap golf cup at Rock Island arsenal links.
1939 — 75 years ago: Sixteen hundred persons — many from war-fearful Europe — arrived in New York aboard the German liner Bremen. For two days on the trip, passengers were cut off from the world with both incoming and outgoing radio messages banned.
1964 — 50 years ago: Police reported five youths have been involved in the theft of about seven cars in recent weeks. Three of the youths were arrested Saturday afternoon, one was in custody as the result of a previous arrest, and the fifth is expected to be arrested today.
1989 — 25 years ago: The Rock Island/Milan School Board is asking the city to tear down Franklin School and allow the school district to pay back the estimated $100,00 cost during 10 years.

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