Day in history for September 30, 2004

1854 -- 150 years ago
Buildings, some of them very fine ones, are springing up like magic in Rock Island. From the boat yards at Dock Street to the rural Greenbush section and back to the bluffs the sounds of the ax, the saw, the hammer and the mason's trowel is heard everywhere. The prices on city lots are going higher every day.

1879 -- 125 years ago
Levi Higgins, the well-known Democratic Party leader at Orion, was a visitor in Rock Island today.

1904 -- 100 years ago
There are five cases of smallpox in Rock Island.

1929 -- 75 years ago
Millions of dollars were lost by speculators as the stock market fell abruptly once more, this time $8 to $35 a share.

1954 -- 50 years ago
A suitcase, chained and padlocked, containing $640 in travelers cheques and cash, was stolen from a parked auto in Rock Island's loop. George Ketterer, Keokuk, Iowa, said he was absent from his car for only about 20 minutes.

1979 -- 25 years ago
In recognition of her 47 years as manager of the Tri-City Symphony Orchestra, Elsie von Maur was presented with the Silver Baton Award during ceremonies Saturday at the Deere Administrative Center. Dignitaries included Louis Sudler, former Chicago Symphony board chairman; Erich Leinsdorf, guest conductor of the Chicago Symphony concert at Augustana College; and John Edwards, Chicago Symphony general manager.

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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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