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: A fine lumber mill is on the course of erection at Andalusia. A flouring mill at that location is doing a fine business.
1889 — 125 years ago: J.B. Lidders, past captain of Beardsley Camp, Sons of Veterans, returned from Paterson, N.Y., where he attended the National Sons of Veterans encampments.
1914 — 100 years ago: President Wilson announced that he had received from the imperial chancellor of Germany a noncommittal reply to his inquiry into a report that the emperor was willing to discuss terms of peace.
1939 — 75 years ago: Delegates at the Illinois Conference of the Methodist Church in Springfield voted to raise the minimum pay of ministers so that every pastor would get at least $1,000 annually.
1964 — 50 years ago: An audience of more than 2,600 persons jammed into the Davenport RKO Orpheum theater with a shoe horn feasted on a Miller-Diller evening that was a killer night. Phyllis Diller sent the audience with her offbeat humor. And send them she did! It was Miss Diller's third appearance in the Quad-Cities area.
1989 — 25 years ago: A few years ago, a vacant lot on 7th Avenue and 14th Street in Rock Island was a community nuisance. Weeds grew as high 18 inches. Today, the lot has a new face, thanks to Michael and Sheila Rind and other neighbors who helped them turn it into a park three weeks ago.





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