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: 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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