Day in history for October 24, 2004

1854 -- 150 years ago
The Rock Islander refuses to hoist any name for Congress because there will probably be but one Democratic candidate in the field on the day of election.

1879 -- 125 years ago
Carse And Reticker will open their new shoe store on Saturday.

1904 -- 100 years ago
The hunting season is at hand. Have you noticed how the ladies crowd around the shop windows containing fur coats?

1929 -- 75 years ago
Chill winds and an unbroken deluge of rain failed to halt the first annual Mercer County Cattle Feeders Day and barbecue. More than twenty-five hundred people gathered in Aledo to take part in the festivities.

1954 -- 50 years ago
Two hundred rats, and probably many more, ''bit the dust'' Saturday in Rock Island's landfill dump area at the west end of 18th Avenue. James Taylor, assistant city health officer, said the rats became victims of poisoned grain set out in the dump Friday night by an exterminator retained by the city on a $75 monthly fee.

1979 -- 25 years ago
Quad-Citians were able to breathe a little easier this summer as area ozone levels dropped sharply, reversing a three-year statewide upsurge. Average local ozone levels dropped more than 50 percent from May 1-Sept.30, according to the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (IEPA).

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1864 -- 150 years ago: The attention of contractors is called to proposals for building a magazine. The building is to be erected on the south side of the island, above the railroad, nearly opposite Sinnit's ice houses.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Ladies patent leather tip shoes were selling for $3 at the M & K store, and men's spring overcoats were advertised at $7.50.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Fred Feuchter, of Davenport, was elected president of the Tri-City Post Office Clerks club, and Joe Goldsmith, of Rock Island, was named secretary treasurer.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Mass vaccination of more than 1,600 employed of the Rock Island Arsenal has been ordered by Col. Norman Ramsey after a 13-year-old daughter of the Arsenal manager became ill with smallpox.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The 1964 Scout-O-Rama of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts closed a two-day session last evening at the Rock Island Armory with 5,000 paid attendance.
1989 -- 25 years ago: "From the horse and buggy days ... to this" said Mercer County Sheriff Marvin Thirtyacre, waving his hand to indicate the sheriff's department facilities at the new $1.5 million Mercer County Jail in Aledo.




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