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: Telegraph reports state that, about 6 o'clock on the evening of the 20th, Quantrill, with about 800 of his thieves and robbers, surrounded Lawrence, Kan., and burned it to the ground.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Newton Beer's production of "Lost in London," which had a successful run for three seasons, was presented at Harper's Theater.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The German army commanded by Fran Duke Albrecht of Wurtemburg defeated the French army at Neufchmtenu.
1939 -- 75 years ago: John Deere Harvester Works in East Moline is starting a four-story, $104,000 addition to the combine assembly building.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Short Hills Country Club held onto its lead yesterday despite a rally by host Davenport Country Club and claimed the team title in the Sunshine Cup golf series.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Quad-Citians can look forward to more excitement and fun at this year's Rock Island Labor Day parade at 9:30 a.m. Sept 4, say organizers. This years theme is "Celebrate Rock Island."






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