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: We are told league merchants have paid no attention to the prohibition on selling ammunition, but continue to sell just as before the order was issued.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The Rev. R.F. Sweet, rector of Trinity Episcopal Parish, left for the East to visit his boyhood home in Boston before attending the general convention of the Episcopal Church in New York.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Dr. E.A. Anderson was named to succeed Dr. E.L. Kerns as head physician of the Modern Woodmen of America, and moved to Rock Island from Holdingford, Minn.
1939 -- 75 years ago: One week late, because of the outbreak of war, Dr. E.L. Beyer resumed his work as professor of romance languages at Augustana College. Dr. and Mrs. Beyer left Germany on the last train to the Belgian border.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Employees in Turnstyle stores in Moline and Davenport will vote Oct. 2 in an election set up by the Chicago regional office of the National Labor Relations Board. Employees will vote either for the Retail Clerk International or for no union.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Rock Island High School is considering a step to help teen moms stay in school and get their diploma. The school board is expected to vote tonight on instituting an on-site child care center.




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