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 ladies have adopted the fashion of wearing representations of insects in the flowers on their bonnets. Some look very natural.
1889 -- 125 years ago: T.F. Cary, former Rock Island alderman, has accepted a position as salesman for a Chicago wallpaper house and plans to move to that city.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Work on the new telephone building on 18th Street between 6th and 7th avenues is progressing rapidly.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Rock Island's new theater at 3rd Avenue and 19th Street will have a name significant of its location. The "Rocket" is scheduled to open Thanksgiving Day.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Two of Rock Island's newest water towers were vandalized last night, including the one at 38th Street and 31st Avenue, where police took five Moline boys into custody about 9 p.m..
1989 -- 25 years ago: Some of us who live in the Quad-Cities take the Mississippi River for granted, or at least we used to. But the river is not taken for granted by our visitors. And most Quad-Citians are realizing the importance of the river to this area as increased emphasis is placed on tourism.







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