Day in history for October 12, 2004

1854 -- 150 years ago
The secret political party Know Nothing has pinned triangles of white paper on posts in Rock Island. This means the Know Nothings will meet tonight. These midnight cowards do not dare to avow their principles but meet under stairs in the dark to scheme.

1879 -- 125 years ago
No case here ever has produced such a sensation as the arrest of a former Rock Island mayor for the alleged abduction of a pretty church organist. The complaining witnesses are a committee of the Society for the Suppression of Vice.

1904 -- 100 years ago
Two hundred guests are expected at the annual meeting of Illinois Presbyterians in Broadway Church Oct. 18.

1929 -- 75 years ago
C.J. Larkin was re-elected president of the Rock Island Public Library board.

1954 -- 50 years ago
The mushrooms that sprout in the spring are popping up out of season in the yard of Harry G. Meilahn, four miles south of Milan on Route 67. Mr. Meilahn discovered a sponge mushroom under an apple tree.

1979 -- 25 years ago
International Harvester scored a partial victory over Deere And Co. in a two-pronged patent dispute between the two farm implement giants. U.S. District Judge Robert D. Morgan ruled in Peoria that the latest IH corn head design does not infringe on a 1971 Deere patent and ordered Deere to pay the cost of the suit.

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