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 female sex seems to have gone crazy on the subject of dry goods. When high prices keep them from increasing their wardrobes, they turn to stealing. Yard goods, hats, shoes and other items are being picked up and carried home.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Members of Everts Commandery No. 18, Knights Templar, under Commander H.C. Cleaveland, marched from the Masonic Temple to Trinity Episcopal Church for their annual Easter services.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Nate Hultgren pitched the Augustana College baseball team to a 10-3 victory over Carthage, striking out 11 men and allowing only four hits.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Marvel Leonhardi, a Rock Island High School senior, was the winner of an essay contest on advertising sponsored by The Argus and Advertising Age, a national advertising publication.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The Augustana College band drew a crowd of 1,200 people for its annual home concert in Centennial Hall. The size of the crowd was indicative of the fact the band is rapidly approaching the stature of the Augustana Choir.
1989 -- 25 years ago: A benefit to raise money for extracurricular activities in the Rock Island Milan School District will be April 27 at the Quad City Downs harness race track. People buying $17.50 tickets to the second annual "Night at the Quad City Downs" will be entitled to an evening of harness racing and dinner.






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