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: Never in the history of Rock Island was there such a demand for houses as at present. Our city is suffering for the want of suitable tenement houses.

1889 — 125 years ago: The choir of Central Presbyterian Church presented a ladies concert under the direction of S.T. Bowlby.

1914 — 100 years ago: Miss Rosella Benson was elected president of the Standard Bearers of Spencer Memorial Methodist Church.

1939 — 75 years ago: Mrs. Nell Clapper was elected president of the Rock Island Business and Professional Women's Club.

1964 — 50 years ago: Gerald Hickman, of Seattle, Wash, will move his family to Rock Island to assume the position of produce buyer for the Eagle Food Center chain of food stores. This announcement was made today by Bernard Weindruch, president of Eagles.

1989 — 25 years ago: Care & Share, formed in 1984 to provide food to jobless and needy Quad-Citians, will disband because the major part of a crisis created by plant closings is over. Food for the needy is still necessary. So groups separately will continue to raise money and collect food.




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