Day in history for October 1, 2004

1854 -- 150 years ago
The Messrs. Buford have four branches of industry flourishing in Rock Island, a foundry and machine shop, a stove establishment, a shoe and leather factory, and a combination grocery and iron store.

1879 -- 125 years ago
The Reform Club elected officers for the ensuing year. E.w. Spencer, president; William F. Gilmore, first vice president; and Edward Burrall, treasurer.

1904 -- 100 years ago
Democrats of Rock Island will meet in their headquarters tomorrow evening to plan a campaign.

1929 -- 75 years ago
McKesson Andamp; Robbins, an eastern drug manufacturing concern, will open a branch in Rock Island in the building of Henry Dart's Sons, wholesale grocers who are going out of business.

1954 -- 50 years ago
A 9-year-old boy was being lauded as a hero at Black Hawk School on Big Island. By lucky coincidence, he happened to be near the Hennepin Canal when Ross Jones, first-grade pupil, fell in. Ross was pulled to shore by the 9-year-old. The hero's name was another coincidence. He is Jesse Drowns.

1979 -- 25 years ago
The worst fire in the history of Tampico wiped out two stores and a storage building Sunday, despite the efforts of some 60 firemen from nearby towns. A hardware store, a grocery store and a third building in the Tampico Home Center are a total loss.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: The ladies have adopted the fashion of wearing representations of insects in the flowers on their bonnets. Some look very natural.
1889 -- 125 years ago: T.F. Cary, former Rock Island alderman, has accepted a position as salesman for a Chicago wallpaper house and plans to move to that city.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Work on the new telephone building on 18th Street between 6th and 7th avenues is progressing rapidly.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Rock Island's new theater at 3rd Avenue and 19th Street will have a name significant of its location. The "Rocket" is scheduled to open Thanksgiving Day.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Two of Rock Island's newest water towers were vandalized last night, including the one at 38th Street and 31st Avenue, where police took five Moline boys into custody about 9 p.m..
1989 -- 25 years ago: Some of us who live in the Quad-Cities take the Mississippi River for granted, or at least we used to. But the river is not taken for granted by our visitors. And most Quad-Citians are realizing the importance of the river to this area as increased emphasis is placed on tourism.







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