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: The weather is discouraging for our great Democratic rally tomorrow, but never mind that. Let our Rock Island people show they can make a big procession themselves, rain or shine.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Apparatus arrived for drilling an artesian well on the premises of George Warner's Atlantic Brewery.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The German army continued its attacks on the allies line near the Belgian coast.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The farm home of Mr. and Mrs. Gus Zachert northwest of Buffalo Prairie, burned to the ground.
1964 -- 50 years ago: WVIK-FM, noncommercial educational radio station at Augustana College, will return to the air tomorrow. The station operates at a power of 10 watts at 90.9 megacycles on the frequency modulation band. The station is operated with a staff of 92 students.
1989 -- 25 years ago: An avenue of lights, 13 Christmas trees strung with more than 44,000 sparkling lights, will expand the Festival of Trees beyond the walls of RiverCenter in downtown Davenport in mid-November.


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