Day in history for September 25, 2004

1854 -- 150 years ago
Many new houses have been built east of the boat yard this year, and along the street opened last fall. We have been partially blind to the fact that Rock Island is growing rapidly.

1879 -- 125 years ago
The Republican county committee for the year includes J.O. Starr, Moline; W.H. Womacks, Drury; George Allen, Coe; Alexander Owens, Black Hawk; and William Jackson, Rock Island.

1904 -- 100 years ago
Rock Island and Davenport companies placed second in competitive drills for Woodmen Forester teams at the St. Louis Exposition encampment.

1929 -- 75 years ago
The Rock Island City Council considered an ordinance for 60-minute parking on 17th Street between 2nd and 3rd avenues on motion of Ald. Frank J. Beranek.

1954 -- 50 years ago
Passengers aboard the Delta Queen, stranded excursion steamer at Rock Island, were aroused to the shriek of sirens at 6:48 this morning. Sparks from the steamer's smoke stack were blown into the pilot house where they ignited a box of rubbish.

1979 -- 25 years ago
Rock Island officials say it could cost as much as $10,000 to find out what happened to money missing from the Rock Island treasury. ``We're out a lot of money, not only the money that was stolen, but also the money it's costing to research the thing,'' Mayor Jim Davis said.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: The attention of contractors is called to proposals for building a magazine. The building is to be erected on the south side of the island, above the railroad, nearly opposite Sinnit's ice houses.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Ladies patent leather tip shoes were selling for $3 at the M & K store, and men's spring overcoats were advertised at $7.50.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Fred Feuchter, of Davenport, was elected president of the Tri-City Post Office Clerks club, and Joe Goldsmith, of Rock Island, was named secretary treasurer.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Mass vaccination of more than 1,600 employed of the Rock Island Arsenal has been ordered by Col. Norman Ramsey after a 13-year-old daughter of the Arsenal manager became ill with smallpox.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The 1964 Scout-O-Rama of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts closed a two-day session last evening at the Rock Island Armory with 5,000 paid attendance.
1989 -- 25 years ago: "From the horse and buggy days ... to this" said Mercer County Sheriff Marvin Thirtyacre, waving his hand to indicate the sheriff's department facilities at the new $1.5 million Mercer County Jail in Aledo.




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