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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