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: The Chicago and Rock Island Railroad will carry all who wish to attend the Chicago convention for half fare — that is, full fare to Chicago and return free.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Hardy Hetter, for several years yardmaster in the Burlington Railroad yards in Rock Island and Moline, was transferred to Beardstown. He was succeeded here by J.E. Albrecht.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Corn was estimated at 50 percent of the normal crop in Rock Island County by Crop Correspondent Thomas Campbell.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Robert Carroll, 12-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Farr Carroll, of near Aledo, won the grand championship of the Mercer County baby beef show with "Fat Stuff."
1964 -- 50 years ago: About 250 persons attended the first in a series of horse shows at the Hillandale Stables off Knoxville Road near Milan on Saturday afternoon and evening.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Ground was broken this morning for the $4.5 million Rock Valley Business Park near Rock Valley Plaza, Rock Island. The first building is 17,000 square feet for offices and a warehouse and should be completed by Dec. 1.




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