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: We learn that it is a contemplation to start a paper mill in Rock Island during the summer by a gentleman from the East.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The gates of Oklahoma were swung open at noon today, and a throng of more than 30,000 settlers started over its soil.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Iowa Coliseum Co. was incorporated with $40,000 capital and planned a building on 4th Street between Warren and Green streets in Davenport.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans are being discussed for resurfacing the streets in the entire downtown district of Rock Island.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Some 45 jobs will be created at J.I. Case Co.'s Rock Island plant in a expansion of operations announced yesterday afternoon at the firm's headquarters in Racine, Wis.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Gardeners and farmers cheered, but not all Quad-Citians found joy Saturday as more than an inch of rain fell on the area. Motorists faced dangerous, rain-slick roads as the water activated grease and grime that had built up during dry weather.








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