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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1864 — 150 years ago: Some persons are negotiating for 80 feet of ground on Illinois Street with a view of erecting four stores thereon. It would serve a better purpose if the money was invested in neat tenement houses.
1889 — 125 years ago: The Central station, car house and stables of the Moline-Rock Island Horse Railway line of the Holmes syndicate, together with 15 cars and 42 head of horses, were destroyed by fire. The loss was at $15,000.
1914 — 100 years ago: Vera Cruz, Mexico, after a day and night of resistance to American forces, gradually ceased opposition. The American forces took complete control of the city.
1939 — 75 years ago: Dr. R. Bruce Collins was reelected for a second term as president of the Lower Rock Island County Tuberculosis Association.
1964 — 50 years ago: Work is scheduled to begin this summer on construction of a new men's residence complex and an addition to the dining facilities at Westerlin Hall at Augustana College.
1989 — 25 years ago: Special Olympics competitors were triple winners at Rock Island High School Saturday. The participants vanquished the rain that fell during the competition, and some won their events; but most important, they triumphed over their own disabilities.




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