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: The store of Devoe and Crampton was entered and robbed of about $500 worth of gold pens and pocket cutlery last night.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Michael Malloy was named president of the Tri-City Stone Cutters Union.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Dewitte C. Poole, former Moline newspaperman serving as vice consul general for the United States government in Paris, declared in a letter to friends that the once gay Paris is a city of sadness and desolation.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans for the construction of an $80,000 wholesale bakery at 2011 4th Ave. were announced by Harry and Nick Coin, of Rock Island. It is to be known as the Banquet Bakery.
1964 -- 50 years ago: An application has been filed for a state permit to organize a savings and loan association in Moline, it was announced. The applicants are Ben Butterworth, A.B. Lundahl, C. Richard Evans, John Harris, George Crampton and William Getz, all of Moline, Charles Roberts, Rock Island, and Charles Johnson, of Hampton.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Indian summer is quickly disappearing as temperatures slide into the 40s and 50s this week. Last week, highs were in the 80s.

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