Day in history for October 3, 2004

1854 -- 150 years ago
The new hack and omnibus company, Messrs. Lusk, Pence And Beardsley, is doing a fine business. The public never was so well supplied with omnibus accommodations as now.

1879 -- 125 years ago
Three attempts have been made lately to burglarize the Rev. J.R. McCord's house in Moline.

1904 -- 100 years ago
Jean Pope, the Moline boy who distinguished himself on the gridiron while playing as a halfback on the Culver Military Academy team, played left halfback for the University of Illinois in the Saturday game against the Northwestern team from Naperville.

1929 -- 75 years ago
Twenty new cases of smallpox developed in Rock Island during the weekend.

1954 -- 50 years ago
Women students at Augustana College awakened this morning to find several signs posted neatly against a tree that had been dragged in front of their building on 7th Avenue, near 35th Street. Such items as puppies, brooms, mops, beer and pretzels and consumers stamps were offered to students and persons traveling up and down 7th Avenue.

1979 -- 25 years ago
Rock Island Arsenal officials are getting ready to muzzle the 'big bang'. A noisy weapons testing program whose ear-splitting echoes have bounced through the Quad-Cities for years will rely on new, quieter equipment by the end of next summer.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: The ladies have adopted the fashion of wearing representations of insects in the flowers on their bonnets. Some look very natural.
1889 -- 125 years ago: T.F. Cary, former Rock Island alderman, has accepted a position as salesman for a Chicago wallpaper house and plans to move to that city.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Work on the new telephone building on 18th Street between 6th and 7th avenues is progressing rapidly.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Rock Island's new theater at 3rd Avenue and 19th Street will have a name significant of its location. The "Rocket" is scheduled to open Thanksgiving Day.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Two of Rock Island's newest water towers were vandalized last night, including the one at 38th Street and 31st Avenue, where police took five Moline boys into custody about 9 p.m..
1989 -- 25 years ago: Some of us who live in the Quad-Cities take the Mississippi River for granted, or at least we used to. But the river is not taken for granted by our visitors. And most Quad-Citians are realizing the importance of the river to this area as increased emphasis is placed on tourism.







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