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: We are told league merchants have paid no attention to the prohibition on selling ammunition, but continue to sell just as before the order was issued.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The Rev. R.F. Sweet, rector of Trinity Episcopal Parish, left for the East to visit his boyhood home in Boston before attending the general convention of the Episcopal Church in New York.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Dr. E.A. Anderson was named to succeed Dr. E.L. Kerns as head physician of the Modern Woodmen of America, and moved to Rock Island from Holdingford, Minn.
1939 -- 75 years ago: One week late, because of the outbreak of war, Dr. E.L. Beyer resumed his work as professor of romance languages at Augustana College. Dr. and Mrs. Beyer left Germany on the last train to the Belgian border.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Employees in Turnstyle stores in Moline and Davenport will vote Oct. 2 in an election set up by the Chicago regional office of the National Labor Relations Board. Employees will vote either for the Retail Clerk International or for no union.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Rock Island High School is considering a step to help teen moms stay in school and get their diploma. The school board is expected to vote tonight on instituting an on-site child care center.


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