Day in history for October 20, 2004

1854 -- 150 years ago
James Shurls walked into Butcher's saloon and snapped a double-barreled pistol. It missed fire. Butcher beat the fellow severely. Shurls fired again but missed. The case will be investigated before Justice E.R. Bean, Esq.

1879 -- 125 years ago
The Rock Island Society for the Suppression of Vice dropped its charge against a former mayor as the case was called for hearing. Public opinion had turned against the society, which had charged the ex-mayor with abducting a church organist.

1904 -- 100 years ago
Illinois bankers, in session at St. Louis, elected Carl Helpenstell of Rock Island as vice president of the association.

1929 -- 75 years ago
Forty airplanes, making the fifth annual national air tour, landed at Moline Airport. The fliers were welcomed by a crowd estimated at 17,000.

1954 -- 50 years ago
A delegation from 17th Avenue and 31st Street. A protested to Moline aldermen for the use of a ravine in that area as a temporary site for landfill garbage disposal while regular grounds at 41st Street and 28th Avenue are closed because of the 41st Street paving job.

1979 -- 25 years ago
The First Baptist Church of Cambridge celebrates its 125th anniversary Sunday. Its first services were held in the Henry County Courthouse in 1854, one year after the Village of Cambridge was incorporated.

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1864 — 150 years ago: Never in the history of Rock Island was there such a demand for houses as at present. Our city is suffering for the want of suitable tenement houses.

1889 — 125 years ago: The choir of Central Presbyterian Church presented a ladies concert under the direction of S.T. Bowlby.

1914 — 100 years ago: Miss Rosella Benson was elected president of the Standard Bearers of Spencer Memorial Methodist Church.

1939 — 75 years ago: Mrs. Nell Clapper was elected president of the Rock Island Business and Professional Women's Club.

1964 — 50 years ago: Gerald Hickman, of Seattle, Wash, will move his family to Rock Island to assume the position of produce buyer for the Eagle Food Center chain of food stores. This announcement was made today by Bernard Weindruch, president of Eagles.

1989 — 25 years ago: Care & Share, formed in 1984 to provide food to jobless and needy Quad-Citians, will disband because the major part of a crisis created by plant closings is over. Food for the needy is still necessary. So groups separately will continue to raise money and collect food.




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