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: Col. H.F. Sickless informs us that there will be new organization of troops in this state under the call for more men.
1889 -- 125 years ago: James Normoyle arrived home after graduating from West Point with honors in the class of 1889. He was to report to Fort Brady, Mich., as second lieutenant in the 23rd Infantry.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Austria Hungary declared war on Serbia. Germany and Austria refused an invitation of Sir Edward Grey to join Great Britain at a mediation conference.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Dr. William Mayo, the last of the three famous Mayo brother surgeons, died at the age of 78.
1964 -- 50 years ago: One of the biggest horse shows of the season was held yesterday at Hillandale Arena on Knoxville Road under the sponsorship of the Illowa Horsemen's Club.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Davenport is like a gigantic carnival this weekend with the Bix Arts Fest taking over 12 square blocks of the downtown area. A festive atmosphere prevailed Friday as thousands of people turned out to sample what the Arts Fest has to offer.








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