Day in history for October 13, 2004

1854 -- 150 years ago
Gangs of men are busily employed laying gas pipes through the streets of Rock Island. Several stores already have their gas fixtures in.

1879 -- 125 years ago
A gang of tramps terrorized citizens east of Moline, showing pistols and robbing all who came in their way. A posse overtook the gang and had ropes around the necks of two tramps, but Coroner Morris persuaded the posse to allow him to handcuff the gang and bring them to the Moline calaboose.

1904 -- 100 years ago
United Presbyterian Church will mark its 50th anniversary Oct. 25.

1929 -- 75 years ago
The Rev. A.J. Hollingsworth was elected president of the Rock Island Presbyterian alliance.

1954 -- 50 years ago
Several thousand acres of corn and soybeans appeared to have been saved from the flood waters of Rock River in the Hillsdale area through the day and night efforts of farmers who constantly patrolled the several-mile-long dike erected last year, reinforcing the weak spots.

1979 -- 25 years ago
The parents of a Colona School student are hoping to interest other parents in getting a private bus service started here. Jerry Schreiner and his wife, Dorothy, have approached the Dan-A-Way Bus Service, Coal Valley, and School Superintendent Eddie Sperry about the possibility of starting such a service.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: We learn that it is a contemplation to start a paper mill in Rock Island during the summer by a gentleman from the East.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The gates of Oklahoma were swung open at noon today, and a throng of more than 30,000 settlers started over its soil.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Iowa Coliseum Co. was incorporated with $40,000 capital and planned a building on 4th Street between Warren and Green streets in Davenport.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans are being discussed for resurfacing the streets in the entire downtown district of Rock Island.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Some 45 jobs will be created at J.I. Case Co.'s Rock Island plant in a expansion of operations announced yesterday afternoon at the firm's headquarters in Racine, Wis.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Gardeners and farmers cheered, but not all Quad-Citians found joy Saturday as more than an inch of rain fell on the area. Motorists faced dangerous, rain-slick roads as the water activated grease and grime that had built up during dry weather.








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