Day in history for September 24, 2004

1854 -- 150 years ago
William Frizzell was elected chairman and Robert W. Smith, secretary, by the Democrats of Rock Island precinct. Delegates to the county convention include James G. Bohner, Lemuel Andrews, George Mixter, William Shearer, George Biddison and P.A. Whitaker.

1879 -- 125 years ago
The Argus carried a story about August Stuhr of Davenport, describing him as one of the most enthusiastic small animal fanciers in the state.

1904 -- 100 years ago
Miss Elizabeth Nott won the Arsenal Golf Club women's title, defeating Mrs. C.P. Skinner, 4 up 3.

1929 -- 75 years ago
John W. Minges was elected grand knight of Allouez council, Knights of Columbus.

1954 -- 50 years ago
A new program, calling for students to be in school and at work for alternate 16-week periods in order to help pay for the cost of their education, got under way this week at the Rock Island Arsenal and St. Ambrose College.

1979 -- 25 years ago
Dayton Eagle of Moline hooked a 54-pound king salmon at the Rivers Inlet off British Columbia recently. Eagle, a John Deere retiree, trailered to Blaine, Wash., and took his brother-in-law's 36-foot boat through the inland passage to the inlet. In addition to this fish taken on 20-pound test line, Eagle reported an abundance of oysters, clams and abalone.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: We learn that it is a contemplation to start a paper mill in Rock Island during the summer by a gentleman from the East.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The gates of Oklahoma were swung open at noon today, and a throng of more than 30,000 settlers started over its soil.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Iowa Coliseum Co. was incorporated with $40,000 capital and planned a building on 4th Street between Warren and Green streets in Davenport.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans are being discussed for resurfacing the streets in the entire downtown district of Rock Island.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Some 45 jobs will be created at J.I. Case Co.'s Rock Island plant in a expansion of operations announced yesterday afternoon at the firm's headquarters in Racine, Wis.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Gardeners and farmers cheered, but not all Quad-Citians found joy Saturday as more than an inch of rain fell on the area. Motorists faced dangerous, rain-slick roads as the water activated grease and grime that had built up during dry weather.








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