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: 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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