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: We are informed by J.H. Hull that the reason the street sprinkler was not at work yesterday settling the dust on the streets, was because one of his horses was injured.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Bonnie McGregor, a fleet-footed stallion owned by S.W. Wheelock of this community, covered himself with glory at Lexington, Ky, when he ran a mile in 2:13 1/2. The horse's value was estimated as at least $50,000.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Troops are pouring into Paris to prepare for defense of the city. The German army is reported to be only 60 miles from the capital of France.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The German army has invaded Poland in undeclared warfare. Poland has appealed to Great Britain and France for aid.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Publication of a plant newspaper, the Farmall Works News, has been launched at the Rock Island IHC factory and replaces a managerial newsletter.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Officials predict Monday's Rock Island Labor Parade will be the biggest and best ever. Last minute work continues on floats and costumes for the parade, which steps off a 9:30 a.m.




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