Day in history for October 26, 2004

1854 -- 150 years ago
George W. Gates, 47, Democratic nominee for sheriff of Rock Island County, was a sheriff for 13 years in Vermont. He came to Port Byron six years ago and is one of the owners of a flour mill and lumber mill. (Gates became the grandfather of Mrs. Harry S. Truman)

1879 -- 125 years ago
It will be remembered that a gang of tramps stopped a train at Monmouth using revolvers. They now have been sentenced to prison, their terms varying from one to six years.

1904 -- 100 years ago
John Pence, Sr., who settled in Buffalo Prairie Township in 1850, died at 79. He had been ruling elder of the Buffalo Prairie Church ever since it was organized.

1929 -- 75 years ago
Rock Island stock brokers believe the sensational decline of Wall Street prices is the effect of an overbought condition. Powerful banking houses are trying to stop the decline in quotations by placing huge buying orders.

1954 -- 50 years ago
Moline aldermen began a series of meetings to discuss the demands they will make of the Davenport bridge commission in return for allowing it to locate the exit to the proposed additional span to the Moline-Bettendorf suspension bridge at 3rd Avenue and 19th Street.

1979 -- 25 years ago
Downtown Moline's J.C. Penney store will close tonight to make room for a new store opening later this week at the Southpark Mall.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: A corps of surgeons now occupies the new hospital quarters at the Garrison Hospital on the Rock Island Arsenal. A fence has been installed to enclose the prison hospital.
1889 -- 125 years ago: B. Winter has let a contract to Christ Schreiner for a two story brick building with a double store front on the south side of 3rd Avenue just west of 17th Street. The estimated cost was $4,500.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Germany sent simultaneous ultimatums to Russia and France, demanding that Russia suspend mobilization within 12 hours and demanding that France inform Germany within 18 hours. In the case of war between Germany and Russia, France would remain neutral.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Civil service offices at the post office and the Rock Island Arsenal were swamped as more than 700 youths sought 15 machinist apprenticeships at the Arsenal.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Last night, American Legion Post 246 in Moline figuratively handed over the trousers to a female ex-Marine and petticoat rule began. Olga Swanson, of Moline, was installed as the first woman commander of the post .
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illinois Quad City Civic Center captured the excitement and interest of a convention of auditorium managers this weekend in Reno, Nev. Bill Adams, civic center authority chairman, said the 10,000-seat arena planned for downtown Moline has caught the eye of construction firms, suppliers, management teams and concession groups.








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