Day in history for September 29, 2004

1854 -- 150 years ago
A lot on the corner opposite the Graham House in Rock Island was sold at auction today for $2,985. The terms were unusually severe, gold or silver on the spot. Had the terms been reasonably liberal, the lot would have brought at least 25 percent more.

1879 -- 125 years ago
The Rev. A.B. Allen, new rector of Trinity Episcopal Church, arrived with his family last night.

1904 -- 100 years ago
Stewart Marquis was elected president of the Rock Island YMCA Juniors. Carl Thode was elected vice president.

1929 -- 75 years ago
Robert and Edward Hoffman, brothers, together have worked 108 years for Henry Dart's Sons wholesale grocery house, which is going out of business in Rock Island.

1954 -- 50 years ago
Second prize of a $50 U.S. savings bond was won by Bill Wilkens, 16, Rock Island, in the divisional finals of the 10th annual national employ-the-physically handicapped week poster contest in Chicago.

1979 -- 25 years ago
Motorists still could be annoyed waiting at blocked railroad crossings in about 314 places in the Quad-Cities area, but they have the satisfaction of knowing there is a new state law which boost fines for blocking intersections. Trains caught blocking crossings for 10 minutes or longer, now will have to pay a minimum fine of $200.

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1864 — 150 years ago: It is estimated that 300,000 people attended the recent Democratic convention in Chicago when Gen. George B. McClellan of New Jersey was nominated as a candidate for president of the United States.
1889 — 125 years ago: Alderman Frank Ill, Winslow Howard and Captain J.M. Montgomery returned from Milwaukee, where they attended the national Grand Army of the Republic encampment.
1914 — 100 years ago: Three members of the Rock Island YMCA accepted positions as physical directors of other associations. Albert Cook went to Kewanee, C.D. Curtis to Canton and Willis Woods to Leavenworth, Kan.
1939 — 75 years ago: Former President Herbert Hoover appealed for national support of President F.D. Roosevelt and Congress in every effort to keep the United States out of war.
1964 — 50 years ago: The Rock Island Junior chamber pf Commerce has received answers to about 65 % of the 600 questionnaires mailed out recently in a "Community Attitude Survey" to analyze sentiments of citizens towards their city's various recreational, educational, and civic service programs.
1989 — 25 years ago: The two thunderstorms passing through the Quad Cities last night and early today left some area residents reaching for their flashlights.






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