Day in history for October 27, 2004

1854 -- 150 years ago
City Marshal Joseph Johnston, Esq., has completed a careful census which shows Rock Island has a population of 5,337. This is an increase of 3,600 people in the last four years. The census shows 595 dwelling houses in the city. In one house six families live, owing to the shortage of dwellings.

1879 -- 125 years ago
Work has started on construction of another paper mill for John F. Ellsworth on Rock River near the Sears flour mill.

1904 -- 100 years ago
Rock Island Democrats will go in force to Milan tomorrow night to promote the candidacy of David W. Matthews for congress.

1929 -- 75 years ago
During a pep rally for the Moline-Davenport football game, a riot developed among students and spectators. After damage had been done in the Moline business district, 23 young men were arrested.

1954 -- 50 years ago
Two employees of Oscar Mayer Meat Packing Co., Davenport, were in temporarily serious condition at Mercy Hospital from the effects of inhaling ammonia gas. Both men were overcome when a break in an ammonia pipe occurred.

1979 -- 25 years ago
For the third year in a row, Jeff Skillett of Silvis has won the district Pass, Punt and Kick competition sponsored by the Ford Motor Co. Skillett will now advance to Milwaukee where he will compete in the 10-year-old division.

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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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