Day in history for October 11, 2004

1854 -- 150 years ago
A spirited horse owned by Samuel Adams, Esq., ran away and dashed into the building being erected for Baily and Boyle. The horse, which fell on its side on the naked joists, was brought out on a stretcher of boards.

1879 -- 125 years ago
Though the slough which crosses Rock Island has been only partly drained, the number of malaria cases among pupils has decreased to 137, compared to 202 at this time last year. Vapors from the slough cause the malaria, it is believed.

1904 -- 100 years ago
Fifty dentists of Rock Island, Henry and Mercer counties have organized a professional society, with Dr. L.W. Skidmore of Moline as president.

1929 -- 75 years ago
A 4-million-candlepower aviation beacon has been bought for installation on the water tower in Reservoir Park.

1954 -- 50 years ago
Some 80 pupils in shop and automotive classes in Bettendorf High School were presented safety glasses by J.I. Case Co. in a move to improve the chances against injury.

1979 -- 25 years ago
About 400 workers at two Quad-City Caterpillar plants will be laid off temporarily beginning Friday because of a lingering wildcat strike by United Auto Workers at Cat plants in Peoria. Caterpillar spokesman Kim Steffen said she didn't know how long the layoffs in Mt. Joy and Riverdale would last.

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1864 — 150 years ago: Never in the history of Rock Island was there such a demand for houses as at present. Our city is suffering for the want of suitable tenement houses.

1889 — 125 years ago: The choir of Central Presbyterian Church presented a ladies concert under the direction of S.T. Bowlby.

1914 — 100 years ago: Miss Rosella Benson was elected president of the Standard Bearers of Spencer Memorial Methodist Church.

1939 — 75 years ago: Mrs. Nell Clapper was elected president of the Rock Island Business and Professional Women's Club.

1964 — 50 years ago: Gerald Hickman, of Seattle, Wash, will move his family to Rock Island to assume the position of produce buyer for the Eagle Food Center chain of food stores. This announcement was made today by Bernard Weindruch, president of Eagles.

1989 — 25 years ago: Care & Share, formed in 1984 to provide food to jobless and needy Quad-Citians, will disband because the major part of a crisis created by plant closings is over. Food for the needy is still necessary. So groups separately will continue to raise money and collect food.




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