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: The weather is discouraging for our great Democratic rally tomorrow, but never mind that. Let our Rock Island people show they can make a big procession themselves, rain or shine.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Apparatus arrived for drilling an artesian well on the premises of George Warner's Atlantic Brewery.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The German army continued its attacks on the allies line near the Belgian coast.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The farm home of Mr. and Mrs. Gus Zachert northwest of Buffalo Prairie, burned to the ground.
1964 -- 50 years ago: WVIK-FM, noncommercial educational radio station at Augustana College, will return to the air tomorrow. The station operates at a power of 10 watts at 90.9 megacycles on the frequency modulation band. The station is operated with a staff of 92 students.
1989 -- 25 years ago: An avenue of lights, 13 Christmas trees strung with more than 44,000 sparkling lights, will expand the Festival of Trees beyond the walls of RiverCenter in downtown Davenport in mid-November.


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