Day in history for October 21, 2004

1854 -- 150 years ago
There are not enough boarding houses in Rock Island for the crowd of new arrivals wanting a regular place to eat. We wonder why more of our citizens do not go into this business.

1879 -- 125 years ago
Methodist pastors appointed in this district include the Revs. G.R. Palmer and H.C. King, Rock Island, and J.S. McCord, Moline. E. Wasmuth, Orion, presiding elder.

1904 -- 100 years ago
L.B. Stringer, the Democratic Party candidate for governor of Illinois, addressed a large gathering of voters at the 16th Street roller-skating rink last night.

1929 -- 75 years ago
Roy Allen of Geneseo remains in a coma more than sixty days after an auto accident in which his brother lost his life.

1954 -- 50 years ago
A proclamation designating Thursday as Nixon Day in Rock Island in honor of Vice President Richard M. Nixon who will be in the city that day was issued by Mayor Carl F. Bauer. Vice President Nixon is scheduled to make an address at Augustana College.

1979 -- 25 years ago
Friends and relatives of a St. Ambrose priest who died recently say they are astounded to learn they may be included in a $1.6 million will. The Rev. Edward Catich, a well-known calligraphy expert, died April 14, leaving behind a coin collection which has been appraised at more than $1.6 million.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Port Byron passengers and mails will be transported by the Sterling and Rock Island railroad.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The congregation of the First Methodist church worshiped in Harper's theater, where construction work is being done at the church site.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Three-eye baseball for Moline was assured the Danville Franchise will be transferred to the Plow city.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Roseville Methodist Church is observing its 100th anniversary.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The last remaining unfinished portion of Interstate 80 between the Quad-Cities and Joliet will be opened to traffic by Aug 12.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Of all the highlights of the last 12 years, this is the greatest of all, said Dennis Hitchcock, producer director of Circa '21 Dinner Playhouse, as he torched the mortgage, clearing a $220,000 loan financing the downtown Rock Island theater's beginnings in 1977.




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