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: Miss McCorkindale has opened millinery rooms over Gimbel's dry goods store, where she offers a choice lot of millinery goods, which she will manufacture to order.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The little South Park Presbyterian chapel celebrated it first Easter decorated with flowers for an afternoon worship service attended by a large congregation.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Wennerberg Chorus of Augustana College has returned from a 2,000-mile tour in the Eastern states and Illinois.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Col. Charles Lindbergh has stated that he is convinced that Germany's air force is equal to the combined sky fleets of her potential European foes.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Small gas motors may be permitted on boats in the lake to be built in Loud Thunder Forest Preserve. The prospect was discussed yesterday at a meeting of the Rock Island County Forest Preserve Commission.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The annual Dispatch/Rock Island Argus Spelling Bee continues to be a family tradition. Ed Lee, an eighth-grader at John Deere Junior High School, Moline, is the 1989 spelling bee champion from among 49 top spellers in Rock Island, Henry and Mercer counties. He advances to the competition in Washington, D.C. Runnerup was Ed's sister, Susan.

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