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: The female sex seems to have gone crazy on the subject of dry goods. When high prices keep them from increasing their wardrobes, they turn to stealing. Yard goods, hats, shoes and other items are being picked up and carried home.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Members of Everts Commandery No. 18, Knights Templar, under Commander H.C. Cleaveland, marched from the Masonic Temple to Trinity Episcopal Church for their annual Easter services.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Nate Hultgren pitched the Augustana College baseball team to a 10-3 victory over Carthage, striking out 11 men and allowing only four hits.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Marvel Leonhardi, a Rock Island High School senior, was the winner of an essay contest on advertising sponsored by The Argus and Advertising Age, a national advertising publication.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The Augustana College band drew a crowd of 1,200 people for its annual home concert in Centennial Hall. The size of the crowd was indicative of the fact the band is rapidly approaching the stature of the Augustana Choir.
1989 -- 25 years ago: A benefit to raise money for extracurricular activities in the Rock Island Milan School District will be April 27 at the Quad City Downs harness race track. People buying $17.50 tickets to the second annual "Night at the Quad City Downs" will be entitled to an evening of harness racing and dinner.






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