Day in history for October 2, 2004

1854 -- 150 years ago
New residents are arriving by the hundreds every week and many others arrive, stay for a while and leave. A list of unclaimed letters at the post office, published in The Argus today, contains more than 800 names.

1879 -- 125 years ago
Pupils in the Rock Island Public Schools number 1,767.

1904 -- 100 years ago
A Rock Island Democratic Club was organized last night. J.W. Cavanaugh was elected president, H.L. Wheelan is secretary and J.W. Welch treasurer.

1929 -- 75 years ago
Edith Braun of Rock Island won a rocking chair contest in a Davenport theater. She rocked on the stage for 137 hours and 3 minutes, minus 15-minute rest periods every hour. Fourteen started the marathon a week ago.

1954 -- 50 years ago
Five sets of twins attend classes at Lourdes Memorial School, Bettendorf. Such a collection of twins, and all girls too, in the same school is unusual. The twins are Therese and Patrice DuVerney, 5; Mary and Gerry Motto, 5; Rose and Rita Carillo, 10; Joanne and Janet Welch, 12, and Ann and Helen Mohr, 13.

1979 -- 25 years ago
The Rock Island City Council, after a long debate, agreed to spend nearly $4,000 on scuba diving equipment for the police department. Police Chief Ron Hansen said seven policemen already have received scuba training.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: We are informed by J.H. Hull that the reason the street sprinkler was not at work yesterday settling the dust on the streets, was because one of his horses was injured.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Bonnie McGregor, a fleet-footed stallion owned by S.W. Wheelock of this community, covered himself with glory at Lexington, Ky, when he ran a mile in 2:13 1/2. The horse's value was estimated as at least $50,000.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Troops are pouring into Paris to prepare for defense of the city. The German army is reported to be only 60 miles from the capital of France.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The German army has invaded Poland in undeclared warfare. Poland has appealed to Great Britain and France for aid.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Publication of a plant newspaper, the Farmall Works News, has been launched at the Rock Island IHC factory and replaces a managerial newsletter.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Officials predict Monday's Rock Island Labor Parade will be the biggest and best ever. Last minute work continues on floats and costumes for the parade, which steps off a 9:30 a.m.




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