Day in history for October 28, 2004

1854 -- 150 years ago
Arrivals and departures of steamboats average more than 100 a week. The levee is covered with huge piles of merchandise. An army of men, drays, carts and wagons can be seen there rushing around.

1879 -- 125 years ago
The Rodman Rifles Militia Company will hold a series of hops at the armory through the winter, the first to be Nov. 5. The dances will be invitation affairs.

1904 -- 100 years ago
A volunteer choir has been organized to sing at Trinity Mission, 4th Avenue and 7th Street. Miss Millie Beck is organist and directress.

1929 -- 75 years ago
Aviation engineers recommend an airport to be jointly owned by Moline and Rock Island.

1954 -- 50 years ago
The current issue of McCall's magazine contains the story of Mooseheart, illustrated with pictures. Mooseheart is supported by the Loyal Order of Moose, and Rock Island Lodge, No. 190, and other Moose lodges in western Illinois play a part in its support.

1979 -- 25 years ago
About $3,000 worth of furniture and a van were stolen from City Furniture, 613 17th St., Rock Island, police said. Ben Vinar, 62, owner of the store, said a couch, eight tables, six lamps and one Ford van were taken. Vinar said the burglary occurred between 5:15 p.m. Wednesday and 9 a.m. Thursday.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: We learn that it is a contemplation to start a paper mill in Rock Island during the summer by a gentleman from the East.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The gates of Oklahoma were swung open at noon today, and a throng of more than 30,000 settlers started over its soil.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Iowa Coliseum Co. was incorporated with $40,000 capital and planned a building on 4th Street between Warren and Green streets in Davenport.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans are being discussed for resurfacing the streets in the entire downtown district of Rock Island.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Some 45 jobs will be created at J.I. Case Co.'s Rock Island plant in a expansion of operations announced yesterday afternoon at the firm's headquarters in Racine, Wis.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Gardeners and farmers cheered, but not all Quad-Citians found joy Saturday as more than an inch of rain fell on the area. Motorists faced dangerous, rain-slick roads as the water activated grease and grime that had built up during dry weather.








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