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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