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: Journeymen shoemakers of Rock Island struck for higher wages yesterday morning, asking 25 percent increases. Employers have acceded to their demand.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Lighting struck wires of the Merchants Electric Light Co. during a furious storm, and many Rock Island business houses were compelled to resort to gas as a means of illumination.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Members of the First Church of Christ, Scientist, decided to erect a new edifice at a cost of about $60,000.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Willard Anderson, junior forward for the Augustana College basketball team, which won 17 out of 22 contests, was elected captain of the quintet.
1964 -- 50 years ago: John Hoffman, Moline, president of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts, will be honored for his 50 years in scouting by members of the council at a dinner Thursday evening.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Quad-Cities has what is believed to be the area's first elite-class gymnast. It's the stuff upon which Olympic competitors are made. Tiffany Chapman, of Rock Island, not only has earned the highest possible gymnast ranking, she won the honor at age 11.






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