Day in history for October 10, 2004

1854 -- 150 years ago
Mr. Warren, the gentleman who lately came from the East to open a bookstore here, now is receiving his goods. His store is opposite the Island City Hotel. His location is a good one and his success certain.

1879 -- 125 years ago
The cheap rates to Cincinnati, only $8 for the round trip, likely is to induce a number of Rock Island people to take advantage of the low fare to visit the Cincinnati exposition.

1904 -- 100 years ago
Overseer Sweeney again is superintending the poor business in Rock Island.

1929 -- 75 years ago
Fred J. Hodges has been named president of Rock Island park commissioners.

1954 -- 50 years ago
Forecasts of more rain and a flood crest on Rock River added to the woes of many Quad-Cities and western Illinois residents today in the wake of a record 24-hour rainfall of 4.89 inches as recorded at the Quad-City Airport weather station.

1979 -- 25 years ago
Oscar Mayer And Co., for 100 years producers of pork and beef luncheon meats and bacon, is moving into the turkey business. The company announced it has reached an agreement in principle to acquire Louis Rich Inc., which markets a line of processed turkey products. The merger depends on an exchange of Louis Rich common stock for Oscar Mayer And Co. common stock.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: We learn that it is a contemplation to start a paper mill in Rock Island during the summer by a gentleman from the East.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The gates of Oklahoma were swung open at noon today, and a throng of more than 30,000 settlers started over its soil.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Iowa Coliseum Co. was incorporated with $40,000 capital and planned a building on 4th Street between Warren and Green streets in Davenport.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans are being discussed for resurfacing the streets in the entire downtown district of Rock Island.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Some 45 jobs will be created at J.I. Case Co.'s Rock Island plant in a expansion of operations announced yesterday afternoon at the firm's headquarters in Racine, Wis.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Gardeners and farmers cheered, but not all Quad-Citians found joy Saturday as more than an inch of rain fell on the area. Motorists faced dangerous, rain-slick roads as the water activated grease and grime that had built up during dry weather.








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