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: The female sex seems to have gone crazy on the subject of dry goods. When high prices keep them from increasing their wardrobes, they turn to stealing. Yard goods, hats, shoes and other items are being picked up and carried home.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Members of Everts Commandery No. 18, Knights Templar, under Commander H.C. Cleaveland, marched from the Masonic Temple to Trinity Episcopal Church for their annual Easter services.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Nate Hultgren pitched the Augustana College baseball team to a 10-3 victory over Carthage, striking out 11 men and allowing only four hits.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Marvel Leonhardi, a Rock Island High School senior, was the winner of an essay contest on advertising sponsored by The Argus and Advertising Age, a national advertising publication.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The Augustana College band drew a crowd of 1,200 people for its annual home concert in Centennial Hall. The size of the crowd was indicative of the fact the band is rapidly approaching the stature of the Augustana Choir.
1989 -- 25 years ago: A benefit to raise money for extracurricular activities in the Rock Island Milan School District will be April 27 at the Quad City Downs harness race track. People buying $17.50 tickets to the second annual "Night at the Quad City Downs" will be entitled to an evening of harness racing and dinner.






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