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: The ferry boat, Rock Island, having been put in good order at the boat yard is now making her regular trips, much to the gratification of those who have to cross the river.
1889 -- 125 years ago: W.J. Gamble, for many years superintendent of the Moline & Rock Island railway, leased the Fourth Avenue Hotel and renovated and refurnished it throughout.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Pending the building of new public schools or additions to the present ones to provide adequate room for all the children, the board of education decided that pupils younger than 6 years old would not be accepted in Rock Island schools.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The fifth annual New Windsor Fair and Horse show, which has been delayed for two days because of unfavorable weather, got off to a new start last night. The parade was held this morning.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The Rock Island County Fair and Rodeo will celebrate its silver anniversary this year. The fair opens Tuesday and will run through Saturday and offers entertainment and activity for young and old.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Earl Hanson School, Rock Island, joins the Program to Assist Latch Key Student, which aids working parents. PALS is a before and after school program for grades 1-6 in certain Rock Island public and private schools.




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