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: Recruits can get $500 by enlisting now. Lt Jobe has a recruiting office on Illinois Street.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Superintendent Schnitger formally inaugurated the Rock Island and Davenport Railway Line of the Holmes system by putting on four cars to start.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Wires of the defunct Union Electric Co. are being removed by city electricians.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The Bishop Hill softball team won the championship in WHB"S Mississippi Valley tournament at Douglas Park.
1964 -- 50 years ago: A boom in apartment construction has hit Rock Island, with approximately 300 units either in or near the construction stage or due for an early rezoning decision.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Members of the Bi-State Metropolitan Planning Commission are hoping to revive their push for a new $70 million four-lane bridge spanning the Mississippi River.

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