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: It is rumored in the streets that the 13 negroes sent to Quincy on the Moline quota were refused. We think this must be a mistake.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Harvey McKenna, of Detroit, billiard player matched to play Wizard Schafer in New York in January for the world championship, was a professional friend and manager, Billy Catton in Rock Island.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Levi Cralle, former Rock Island county sheriff, had come from his farm near Mitchell, S.D. to visit friends in the city.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Work is being rushed on the new high school building in Orion to replace the one destroyed by fire last winter. Classes are being held in churches.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Rehearsals for the 84th season of the Handel Oratorio Society chorus will begin at 7:30 p.m. Monday on the stage of Centennial Hall, Augustana College.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Rock Island City Council's plan announced this week to have the federal government vacate Valley Homes public housing and move residents to Arsenal Courts to reduce density may not be feasible.






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