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: The female sex seems to have gone crazy on the subject of dry goods. When high prices keep them from increasing their wardrobes, they turn to stealing. Yard goods, hats, shoes and other items are being picked up and carried home.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Members of Everts Commandery No. 18, Knights Templar, under Commander H.C. Cleaveland, marched from the Masonic Temple to Trinity Episcopal Church for their annual Easter services.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Nate Hultgren pitched the Augustana College baseball team to a 10-3 victory over Carthage, striking out 11 men and allowing only four hits.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Marvel Leonhardi, a Rock Island High School senior, was the winner of an essay contest on advertising sponsored by The Argus and Advertising Age, a national advertising publication.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The Augustana College band drew a crowd of 1,200 people for its annual home concert in Centennial Hall. The size of the crowd was indicative of the fact the band is rapidly approaching the stature of the Augustana Choir.
1989 -- 25 years ago: A benefit to raise money for extracurricular activities in the Rock Island Milan School District will be April 27 at the Quad City Downs harness race track. People buying $17.50 tickets to the second annual "Night at the Quad City Downs" will be entitled to an evening of harness racing and dinner.






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