Day in history for October 29, 2004

1854 -- 150 years ago
Stoddard, the man who murdered his wife last summer, broke jail Saturday night and is still at large. We are told that the prisoner was put in a cell without being in irons and that he had never been visited by the sheriff since he was committed.

1879 -- 125 years ago
Justice Hayden has gone to Swan Lake with John Warner's hunting party and will be absent about a week.

1904 -- 100 years ago
Republicans held a well-attended rally last night. There was a parade of marching clubs. The main speaker was Lafayette Young, editor of the Des Moines Capital.

1929 -- 75 years ago
Rock Island will conduct a campaign to get the Fans Association out of debt and to save professional baseball for the city in 1930.

1954 -- 50 years ago
The Council of Associated Dads Clubs launched an appeal for public support of an all-purpose, all-weather community recreation center in Moline. At the same time, the council disclosed that it has appropriated $500 to promote study of preliminary phases of the undertaking.

1979 -- 25 years ago
The 4-month-old baby of Mr. and Mrs. Hixson of Moline was one of 150 lucky babies awarded a $1,500 scholarship from Rochester, N.Y., Institute of Technology (RIT) as part of its 150th anniversary celebration, Oct. 19-21.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Journeymen shoemakers of Rock Island struck for higher wages yesterday morning, asking 25 percent increases. Employers have acceded to their demand.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Lighting struck wires of the Merchants Electric Light Co. during a furious storm, and many Rock Island business houses were compelled to resort to gas as a means of illumination.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Members of the First Church of Christ, Scientist, decided to erect a new edifice at a cost of about $60,000.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Willard Anderson, junior forward for the Augustana College basketball team, which won 17 out of 22 contests, was elected captain of the quintet.
1964 -- 50 years ago: John Hoffman, Moline, president of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts, will be honored for his 50 years in scouting by members of the council at a dinner Thursday evening.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Quad-Cities has what is believed to be the area's first elite-class gymnast. It's the stuff upon which Olympic competitors are made. Tiffany Chapman, of Rock Island, not only has earned the highest possible gymnast ranking, she won the honor at age 11.






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