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: It is estimated that 300,000 people attended the recent Democratic convention in Chicago when Gen. George B. McClellan of New Jersey was nominated as a candidate for president of the United States.
1889 — 125 years ago: Alderman Frank Ill, Winslow Howard and Captain J.M. Montgomery returned from Milwaukee, where they attended the national Grand Army of the Republic encampment.
1914 — 100 years ago: Three members of the Rock Island YMCA accepted positions as physical directors of other associations. Albert Cook went to Kewanee, C.D. Curtis to Canton and Willis Woods to Leavenworth, Kan.
1939 — 75 years ago: Former President Herbert Hoover appealed for national support of President F.D. Roosevelt and Congress in every effort to keep the United States out of war.
1964 — 50 years ago: The Rock Island Junior chamber pf Commerce has received answers to about 65 % of the 600 questionnaires mailed out recently in a "Community Attitude Survey" to analyze sentiments of citizens towards their city's various recreational, educational, and civic service programs.
1989 — 25 years ago: The two thunderstorms passing through the Quad Cities last night and early today left some area residents reaching for their flashlights.






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