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: 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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