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: Some persons are negotiating for 80 feet of ground on Illinois Street with a view of erecting four stores thereon. It would serve a better purpose if the money was invested in neat tenement houses.
1889 — 125 years ago: The Central station, car house and stables of the Moline-Rock Island Horse Railway line of the Holmes syndicate, together with 15 cars and 42 head of horses, were destroyed by fire. The loss was at $15,000.
1914 — 100 years ago: Vera Cruz, Mexico, after a day and night of resistance to American forces, gradually ceased opposition. The American forces took complete control of the city.
1939 — 75 years ago: Dr. R. Bruce Collins was reelected for a second term as president of the Lower Rock Island County Tuberculosis Association.
1964 — 50 years ago: Work is scheduled to begin this summer on construction of a new men's residence complex and an addition to the dining facilities at Westerlin Hall at Augustana College.
1989 — 25 years ago: Special Olympics competitors were triple winners at Rock Island High School Saturday. The participants vanquished the rain that fell during the competition, and some won their events; but most important, they triumphed over their own disabilities.




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