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: Yesterday some bold thief stole a full bolt of calico from a box in front of Wadsworth's store, where it was on exhibition.
1889 -- 125 years ago: A team belonging to Peter Priese got away from its driver and made a mad run across the Rock Island Bridge. The driver was thrown from his seat but not hurt.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Carlton Taylor was appointed district deputy grand master for the 14th
Masonic District of Illinois.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Moline's million dollar municipal airport was dedicated to air transportation and the national defense by Lt. Gov. John Stelle.
1964 -- 50 years ago: THE ARGUS will be election headquarters for Rock Island County tomorrow night, and the public is invited to watch the operation. The closing of the polls at 6 p.m. will mark the start of open house in the newsroom. Visitors will see staff members receiving, tabulating and posting returns.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Few bricks actually tumbled, but no one seemed to mind as about 1,000 people gathered to celebrate the formal start of demolition at the site of a downtown civic center.




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