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: We learn that it is a contemplation to start a paper mill in Rock Island during the summer by a gentleman from the East.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The gates of Oklahoma were swung open at noon today, and a throng of more than 30,000 settlers started over its soil.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Iowa Coliseum Co. was incorporated with $40,000 capital and planned a building on 4th Street between Warren and Green streets in Davenport.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans are being discussed for resurfacing the streets in the entire downtown district of Rock Island.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Some 45 jobs will be created at J.I. Case Co.'s Rock Island plant in a expansion of operations announced yesterday afternoon at the firm's headquarters in Racine, Wis.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Gardeners and farmers cheered, but not all Quad-Citians found joy Saturday as more than an inch of rain fell on the area. Motorists faced dangerous, rain-slick roads as the water activated grease and grime that had built up during dry weather.








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