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: Some persons are negotiating for 80 feet of ground on Illinois Street with a view of erecting four stores thereon. It would serve a better purpose if the money was invested in neat tenement houses.
1889 — 125 years ago: The Central station, car house and stables of the Moline-Rock Island Horse Railway line of the Holmes syndicate, together with 15 cars and 42 head of horses, were destroyed by fire. The loss was at $15,000.
1914 — 100 years ago: Vera Cruz, Mexico, after a day and night of resistance to American forces, gradually ceased opposition. The American forces took complete control of the city.
1939 — 75 years ago: Dr. R. Bruce Collins was reelected for a second term as president of the Lower Rock Island County Tuberculosis Association.
1964 — 50 years ago: Work is scheduled to begin this summer on construction of a new men's residence complex and an addition to the dining facilities at Westerlin Hall at Augustana College.
1989 — 25 years ago: Special Olympics competitors were triple winners at Rock Island High School Saturday. The participants vanquished the rain that fell during the competition, and some won their events; but most important, they triumphed over their own disabilities.




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