Day in history for October 19, 2004

1854 -- 150 years ago
People turned out in large numbers at Monmouth to hear Illinois' distinguished senator, Stephen A. Douglas. He spoke for three hours and was heckled at times by a few wagonloads of anti-slavery fanatics, some of whom had ridden 30 miles just for that purpose.

1879 -- 125 years ago
The upsetting of a kettle of boiling rosin caused a fire in Moline which destroyed the paper bucket factory and paint shop of Dimock, Gould And Co.

1904 -- 100 years ago
Capt. George Tromley, Sr., a veteran Mississippi River pilot, is dead. He was born in Canada in 1828. Almost his whole life had been devoted to steamboating.

1929 -- 75 years ago
When the owner of a Swedona store and his son discovered burglars at 2 a.m. today, a gun battle took place which resulted in the death of one burglar and the wounding of two others.

1954 -- 50 years ago
A bee buzzing around her head while she was driving caused Mrs. Esther Young, 54, of 1436 44th St., Rock Island, to hit a curb at 16th St. and 27th Ave., Moline, about 12:45 this afternoon.

1979 -- 25 years ago
Clouds may be gathering over the rest of the nation's economy, but the sun continues to shine over the Quad-Cities, analysts say. Figures compiled by the Quad City Development Group show the local economy is holding up pretty well.

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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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