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: Never in the history of Rock Island was there such a demand for houses as at present. Our city is suffering for the want of suitable tenement houses.

1889 — 125 years ago: The choir of Central Presbyterian Church presented a ladies concert under the direction of S.T. Bowlby.

1914 — 100 years ago: Miss Rosella Benson was elected president of the Standard Bearers of Spencer Memorial Methodist Church.

1939 — 75 years ago: Mrs. Nell Clapper was elected president of the Rock Island Business and Professional Women's Club.

1964 — 50 years ago: Gerald Hickman, of Seattle, Wash, will move his family to Rock Island to assume the position of produce buyer for the Eagle Food Center chain of food stores. This announcement was made today by Bernard Weindruch, president of Eagles.

1989 — 25 years ago: Care & Share, formed in 1984 to provide food to jobless and needy Quad-Citians, will disband because the major part of a crisis created by plant closings is over. Food for the needy is still necessary. So groups separately will continue to raise money and collect food.




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