Day in history for October 15, 2004

1854 -- 150 years ago
The Know Nothing secret political party has been watched and caught. About 50 members met at midnight in the attic of the Rock Island Collegiate Institute and Female Seminary. The Argus has a list of nearly all who were there and shall publish the names of those political desperadoes, if necessary.

1879 -- 125 years ago
Henry Carse and John Retticker have formed a firm to trade in boots and shoes on 2nd Avenue, opposite the Rock Island House.

1904 -- 100 years ago
A deck hand who disappeared from the steamboat Helen Blair was murdered, it is now believed. His probable slayer, another deck hand, has been arrested in Kansas City, Mo.

1929 -- 75 years ago
The name of the new football stadium will be Rock Island Public Schools Stadium. The name was suggested by Theodore E. Anderson and Letha Wright. More than 600 names were received. Seventy-six people proposed the name Black Hawk Stadium.

1954 -- 50 years ago
John Anderson, 10, pulled two small girls from the path of a car at 18th Ave. and 27th St., Rock Island. John is a sixth grader and a safety patrol boy at Audubon School.

1979 -- 25 years ago
Rock Island councilmen are considering tougher enforcement of residency requirements for city employees, a move Mayor James Davis warns could work an economic hardship on as many as 60 workers.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: It is said that the ferry company has cleared about $10,000 since the burning of the railroad bridge. Couldn't the company now afford to pay that little bill it owes the city?
1889 -- 125 years ago: The sum of $4 million in cash in addition to supplies of immense value were forwarded to Jamestown, Pa., from all parts of the country for relief of the sufferers from the great flood.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Board of Education secured a site for the New Central Grammar School by purchasing additional property south of Irving School for $3,400.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The total number of workers employed at the Farmall Works of International Harvester Co. has reached a peak of 5,300, the largest payroll in Rock Island.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Army engineers testified today that the water levels of Lakes Huron and Michigan are at a 104-year low. The condition is causing a multi-million dollar loss to commercial shipping.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illinois Department of Revenue issued certification for a tax-increment- financing district Friday afternoon, opening one more door for developer Jim Massa to proceed through on his way to establishing an automobile raceway.






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