Day in history for October 17, 2004

1854 -- 150 years ago
Dr. Truesdale recently has come among us to reside and bears the reputation of a highly cultivated, intelligent and experienced physician.

1879 -- 125 years ago
One of the new boats of the Athletic Club has been named the ``Gaskell,'' after Joseph Gaskell, one of the oldest of the club's members. As a token of appreciation, Mr. Gaskell presented the club with a beautiful silk ensign.

1904 -- 100 years ago
W.E. Taylor of Moline addressed the Rotary Club. He referred to Theodore Roosevelt as the ``most American'' man of all time.

1929 -- 75 years ago
Nov. 4 has been chosen as the date for the annual Rock Island County corn-husking contest.

1954 -- 50 years ago
It was slightly out of season but Moline police had a rash of firecracker complaints to contend with Saturday night.

1979 -- 25 years ago
One reason Moline aldermen wanted the city's old civil-defense building on River Drive demolished was that they feared rats had infested the dilapidated structure. Now, with wrecking crews hard at work leveling the site, rats again are a concern. Ald. James Siegler, D-3rd Ward, charged at Tuesday night's city council meeting that at least three truckloads of wreckage were dumped in a city ravine illegally, and said he fears rats will be drawn to it.

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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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