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: It is rumored in the streets that the 13 negroes sent to Quincy on the Moline quota were refused. We think this must be a mistake.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Harvey McKenna, of Detroit, billiard player matched to play Wizard Schafer in New York in January for the world championship, was a professional friend and manager, Billy Catton in Rock Island.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Levi Cralle, former Rock Island county sheriff, had come from his farm near Mitchell, S.D. to visit friends in the city.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Work is being rushed on the new high school building in Orion to replace the one destroyed by fire last winter. Classes are being held in churches.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Rehearsals for the 84th season of the Handel Oratorio Society chorus will begin at 7:30 p.m. Monday on the stage of Centennial Hall, Augustana College.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Rock Island City Council's plan announced this week to have the federal government vacate Valley Homes public housing and move residents to Arsenal Courts to reduce density may not be feasible.






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