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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