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 rumored in the streets that the 13 negroes sent to Quincy on the Moline quota were refused. We think this must be a mistake.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Harvey McKenna, of Detroit, billiard player matched to play Wizard Schafer in New York in January for the world championship, was a professional friend and manager, Billy Catton in Rock Island.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Levi Cralle, former Rock Island county sheriff, had come from his farm near Mitchell, S.D. to visit friends in the city.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Work is being rushed on the new high school building in Orion to replace the one destroyed by fire last winter. Classes are being held in churches.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Rehearsals for the 84th season of the Handel Oratorio Society chorus will begin at 7:30 p.m. Monday on the stage of Centennial Hall, Augustana College.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Rock Island City Council's plan announced this week to have the federal government vacate Valley Homes public housing and move residents to Arsenal Courts to reduce density may not be feasible.






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