Day in history for September 19, 2004

1854 -- 150 years ago
We hear the ladies complaining that the regular time for putting up ''sweetmeats'' has come, but that suitable fruit is wanting.

1879 -- 125 years ago
Those who commence cases in the circuit court will hereafter be obliged to pay the cost of filing and issuing papers in advance.

1904 -- 100 years ago
Albert Freeman's Grocery, 2302 5th Ave., Rock Island, was broken into Saturday and $1.61 in pennies was taken. At 5 o'clock neighbors in the vicinity saw a young man standing in front of it. Suddenly, he kicked out the window in the door and then ran behind a fence to see if anyone had heard the noise.

1929 -- 75 years ago
Erection of an aviation beacon atop the water tower in Reservoir Park is planned.

1954 -- 50 years ago
One of Rock Island's historic buildings, the old Rock Island Brewery, just south of the southeast corner of 30th Street and 7th Avenue, probably will pass from existence as a result of a spectacular blaze Saturday morning which caused damage estimated at close to $80,000.

1979 -- 25 years ago
Officials at Ridgewood Steak House, 583 42nd Ave., East Moline, told police eight boxes of steaks worth $990 and a $17 can of shortening were stolen sometime after they were delivered Monday. Police found a lock and door pried away from the refrigerator.

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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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