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: We are informed by J.H. Hull that the reason the street sprinkler was not at work yesterday settling the dust on the streets, was because one of his horses was injured.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Bonnie McGregor, a fleet-footed stallion owned by S.W. Wheelock of this community, covered himself with glory at Lexington, Ky, when he ran a mile in 2:13 1/2. The horse's value was estimated as at least $50,000.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Troops are pouring into Paris to prepare for defense of the city. The German army is reported to be only 60 miles from the capital of France.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The German army has invaded Poland in undeclared warfare. Poland has appealed to Great Britain and France for aid.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Publication of a plant newspaper, the Farmall Works News, has been launched at the Rock Island IHC factory and replaces a managerial newsletter.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Officials predict Monday's Rock Island Labor Parade will be the biggest and best ever. Last minute work continues on floats and costumes for the parade, which steps off a 9:30 a.m.




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