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: The store of Devoe and Crampton was entered and robbed of about $500 worth of gold pens and pocket cutlery last night.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Michael Malloy was named president of the Tri-City Stone Cutters Union.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Dewitte C. Poole, former Moline newspaperman serving as vice consul general for the United States government in Paris, declared in a letter to friends that the once gay Paris is a city of sadness and desolation.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans for the construction of an $80,000 wholesale bakery at 2011 4th Ave. were announced by Harry and Nick Coin, of Rock Island. It is to be known as the Banquet Bakery.
1964 -- 50 years ago: An application has been filed for a state permit to organize a savings and loan association in Moline, it was announced. The applicants are Ben Butterworth, A.B. Lundahl, C. Richard Evans, John Harris, George Crampton and William Getz, all of Moline, Charles Roberts, Rock Island, and Charles Johnson, of Hampton.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Indian summer is quickly disappearing as temperatures slide into the 40s and 50s this week. Last week, highs were in the 80s.


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