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: Never in the history of Rock Island was there such a demand for houses as at present. Our city is suffering for the want of suitable tenement houses.

1889 — 125 years ago: The choir of Central Presbyterian Church presented a ladies concert under the direction of S.T. Bowlby.

1914 — 100 years ago: Miss Rosella Benson was elected president of the Standard Bearers of Spencer Memorial Methodist Church.

1939 — 75 years ago: Mrs. Nell Clapper was elected president of the Rock Island Business and Professional Women's Club.

1964 — 50 years ago: Gerald Hickman, of Seattle, Wash, will move his family to Rock Island to assume the position of produce buyer for the Eagle Food Center chain of food stores. This announcement was made today by Bernard Weindruch, president of Eagles.

1989 — 25 years ago: Care & Share, formed in 1984 to provide food to jobless and needy Quad-Citians, will disband because the major part of a crisis created by plant closings is over. Food for the needy is still necessary. So groups separately will continue to raise money and collect food.




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