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: Yesterday some bold thief stole a full bolt of calico from a box in front of Wadsworth's store, where it was on exhibition.
1889 -- 125 years ago: A team belonging to Peter Priese got away from its driver and made a mad run across the Rock Island Bridge. The driver was thrown from his seat but not hurt.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Carlton Taylor was appointed district deputy grand master for the 14th
Masonic District of Illinois.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Moline's million dollar municipal airport was dedicated to air transportation and the national defense by Lt. Gov. John Stelle.
1964 -- 50 years ago: THE ARGUS will be election headquarters for Rock Island County tomorrow night, and the public is invited to watch the operation. The closing of the polls at 6 p.m. will mark the start of open house in the newsroom. Visitors will see staff members receiving, tabulating and posting returns.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Few bricks actually tumbled, but no one seemed to mind as about 1,000 people gathered to celebrate the formal start of demolition at the site of a downtown civic center.




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