Day in history for September 23, 2004

1854 -- 150 years ago
The new livery teams have helped give an appearance of business and prosperity to our city. Rock Island looks quite stylish.

1879 -- 125 years ago
J.M. Beardsley, Walter Entriken, Alonzo McClain, Henry Clay Trent and W.H. Womax were named as the credentials committee for the Republican county convention.

1904 -- 100 years ago
E.B. McKown was awarded the contract to furnish coal for the county buildings for the year. His bid was $2.80 per ton for lump and $2.45 for mine run.

1929 -- 75 years ago
A fight between Moline and East Moline high school students, with garbage as ammunition, was broken up by police. Two youths were arrested. Teams of the two schools will meet in a football game this weekend.

1954 -- 50 years ago
One of the largest and heaviest shipments ever to reach the Quad-City Airport, a giant piston and rod for the disabled Delta Queen, was flown in today by the Flying Tiger Airline. The parts were shipped from Fulton shipyard, Antioch, Calif.

1979 -- 25 years ago
Louise Worden spends quite a bit of time involved in ''monkey business.'' The 84-year-old Geneseo woman has just about completed 100 stuffed monkeys which have been ordered for Christmas. Her 18-inch monkeys are made from men's work socks.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: It is rumored in the streets that the 13 negroes sent to Quincy on the Moline quota were refused. We think this must be a mistake.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Harvey McKenna, of Detroit, billiard player matched to play Wizard Schafer in New York in January for the world championship, was a professional friend and manager, Billy Catton in Rock Island.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Levi Cralle, former Rock Island county sheriff, had come from his farm near Mitchell, S.D. to visit friends in the city.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Work is being rushed on the new high school building in Orion to replace the one destroyed by fire last winter. Classes are being held in churches.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Rehearsals for the 84th season of the Handel Oratorio Society chorus will begin at 7:30 p.m. Monday on the stage of Centennial Hall, Augustana College.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Rock Island City Council's plan announced this week to have the federal government vacate Valley Homes public housing and move residents to Arsenal Courts to reduce density may not be feasible.






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