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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