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 ferry boat, Rock Island, having been put in good order at the boat yard is now making her regular trips, much to the gratification of those who have to cross the river.
1889 -- 125 years ago: W.J. Gamble, for many years superintendent of the Moline & Rock Island railway, leased the Fourth Avenue Hotel and renovated and refurnished it throughout.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Pending the building of new public schools or additions to the present ones to provide adequate room for all the children, the board of education decided that pupils younger than 6 years old would not be accepted in Rock Island schools.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The fifth annual New Windsor Fair and Horse show, which has been delayed for two days because of unfavorable weather, got off to a new start last night. The parade was held this morning.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The Rock Island County Fair and Rodeo will celebrate its silver anniversary this year. The fair opens Tuesday and will run through Saturday and offers entertainment and activity for young and old.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Earl Hanson School, Rock Island, joins the Program to Assist Latch Key Student, which aids working parents. PALS is a before and after school program for grades 1-6 in certain Rock Island public and private schools.




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