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 ladies have adopted the fashion of wearing representations of insects in the flowers on their bonnets. Some look very natural.
1889 -- 125 years ago: T.F. Cary, former Rock Island alderman, has accepted a position as salesman for a Chicago wallpaper house and plans to move to that city.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Work on the new telephone building on 18th Street between 6th and 7th avenues is progressing rapidly.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Rock Island's new theater at 3rd Avenue and 19th Street will have a name significant of its location. The "Rocket" is scheduled to open Thanksgiving Day.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Two of Rock Island's newest water towers were vandalized last night, including the one at 38th Street and 31st Avenue, where police took five Moline boys into custody about 9 p.m..
1989 -- 25 years ago: Some of us who live in the Quad-Cities take the Mississippi River for granted, or at least we used to. But the river is not taken for granted by our visitors. And most Quad-Citians are realizing the importance of the river to this area as increased emphasis is placed on tourism.







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