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: It is estimated that 300,000 people attended the recent Democratic convention in Chicago when Gen. George B. McClellan of New Jersey was nominated as a candidate for president of the United States.
1889 — 125 years ago: Alderman Frank Ill, Winslow Howard and Captain J.M. Montgomery returned from Milwaukee, where they attended the national Grand Army of the Republic encampment.
1914 — 100 years ago: Three members of the Rock Island YMCA accepted positions as physical directors of other associations. Albert Cook went to Kewanee, C.D. Curtis to Canton and Willis Woods to Leavenworth, Kan.
1939 — 75 years ago: Former President Herbert Hoover appealed for national support of President F.D. Roosevelt and Congress in every effort to keep the United States out of war.
1964 — 50 years ago: The Rock Island Junior chamber pf Commerce has received answers to about 65 % of the 600 questionnaires mailed out recently in a "Community Attitude Survey" to analyze sentiments of citizens towards their city's various recreational, educational, and civic service programs.
1989 — 25 years ago: The two thunderstorms passing through the Quad Cities last night and early today left some area residents reaching for their flashlights.






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