Day in history for October 14, 2004

1854 -- 150 years ago
A pike fish weighing 30 pounds and exquisitely cooked was served at the Island City Hotel today.

1879 -- 125 years ago
The Davenport boat racers, who were so badly beaten by the Rock Island Athletics, challenged Rock Island to another series of sculling races. Rock Island promptly accepted a week ago, but since then nothing has been heard from the Davenport crew.

1904 -- 100 years ago
A 10-year-old Moline boy confessed that he started the series of mysterious barn fires of recent weeks. The boy said, ''I just like to see the fire horses run.''

1929 -- 75 years ago
Rock Island merchants will discontinue the Mardi Gras festival they have sponsored annually. Instead, the retailers plan a series of holiday features for this fall and winter.

1954 -- 50 years ago
An Illinois Supreme Court writ, directing Rock Island County Circuit Court to dissolve an injunction restraining the city of Rock Island from placing a swimming pool in Long View Park, was received at the courthouse this morning.

1979 -- 25 years ago
At 74, Orville S. Bryan is the kind of guy people call colorful. He's spent 44 years as a one-man security service, catching over 350 burglars. He's patrolled on foot, bicycle and motorcycle, but now he uses an unmarked sedan, seven nights a week, to cruise around Rock Island businesses.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: We are informed by J.H. Hull that the reason the street sprinkler was not at work yesterday settling the dust on the streets, was because one of his horses was injured.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Bonnie McGregor, a fleet-footed stallion owned by S.W. Wheelock of this community, covered himself with glory at Lexington, Ky, when he ran a mile in 2:13 1/2. The horse's value was estimated as at least $50,000.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Troops are pouring into Paris to prepare for defense of the city. The German army is reported to be only 60 miles from the capital of France.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The German army has invaded Poland in undeclared warfare. Poland has appealed to Great Britain and France for aid.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Publication of a plant newspaper, the Farmall Works News, has been launched at the Rock Island IHC factory and replaces a managerial newsletter.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Officials predict Monday's Rock Island Labor Parade will be the biggest and best ever. Last minute work continues on floats and costumes for the parade, which steps off a 9:30 a.m.




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