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 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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