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: The ladies have adopted the fashion of wearing representations of insects in the flowers on their bonnets. Some look very natural.
1889 -- 125 years ago: T.F. Cary, former Rock Island alderman, has accepted a position as salesman for a Chicago wallpaper house and plans to move to that city.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Work on the new telephone building on 18th Street between 6th and 7th avenues is progressing rapidly.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Rock Island's new theater at 3rd Avenue and 19th Street will have a name significant of its location. The "Rocket" is scheduled to open Thanksgiving Day.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Two of Rock Island's newest water towers were vandalized last night, including the one at 38th Street and 31st Avenue, where police took five Moline boys into custody about 9 p.m..
1989 -- 25 years ago: Some of us who live in the Quad-Cities take the Mississippi River for granted, or at least we used to. But the river is not taken for granted by our visitors. And most Quad-Citians are realizing the importance of the river to this area as increased emphasis is placed on tourism.







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