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: It is rumored in the streets that the 13 negroes sent to Quincy on the Moline quota were refused. We think this must be a mistake.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Harvey McKenna, of Detroit, billiard player matched to play Wizard Schafer in New York in January for the world championship, was a professional friend and manager, Billy Catton in Rock Island.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Levi Cralle, former Rock Island county sheriff, had come from his farm near Mitchell, S.D. to visit friends in the city.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Work is being rushed on the new high school building in Orion to replace the one destroyed by fire last winter. Classes are being held in churches.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Rehearsals for the 84th season of the Handel Oratorio Society chorus will begin at 7:30 p.m. Monday on the stage of Centennial Hall, Augustana College.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Rock Island City Council's plan announced this week to have the federal government vacate Valley Homes public housing and move residents to Arsenal Courts to reduce density may not be feasible.






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