Day in history for October 31, 2004

1854 -- 150 years ago
Mr. Webber has recently purchased the fine brick house and lot in Rock Island where Capt. Henry Powers formerly resided. It is a very valuable piece of property, and when beautiful, as intended, will be an ornament to the city.

1879 -- 125 years ago
The cold snap has driven the tramps, who have been occasionally lodging on the meadows east of Moline, to warmer quarters.

1904 -- 100 years ago
Free speech is guaranteed under the constitution, but you have to use tact with a traffic cop.

1929 -- 75 years ago
Joseph W. Valentine and Harry Hoban, both of Rock Island, are officers of a company which plans to manufacture a small automobile in Muscatine.

1954 -- 50 years ago
Rock Island police are seeking an ''auto'' thief following report of a ''car'' theft from a 9-year-old boy. Reported stolen is a homemade vehicle powered with a washing machine motor. It belongs to Rodney Davis, son of Mr. and Mrs. John Davis, 316 13th St., Rock Island, and was taken from the rear of the Davis residence. The body of the vehicle is constructed of sheet metal and is painted yellow.

1979 -- 25 years ago
Anchored by the spanking new J.C. Penney store, the nearly complete expansion of Southpark Mall in Moline will be ready for the store's grand opening Oct. 31.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: The ferry boat, Rock Island, having been put in good order at the boat yard is now making her regular trips, much to the gratification of those who have to cross the river.
1889 -- 125 years ago: W.J. Gamble, for many years superintendent of the Moline & Rock Island railway, leased the Fourth Avenue Hotel and renovated and refurnished it throughout.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Pending the building of new public schools or additions to the present ones to provide adequate room for all the children, the board of education decided that pupils younger than 6 years old would not be accepted in Rock Island schools.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The fifth annual New Windsor Fair and Horse show, which has been delayed for two days because of unfavorable weather, got off to a new start last night. The parade was held this morning.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The Rock Island County Fair and Rodeo will celebrate its silver anniversary this year. The fair opens Tuesday and will run through Saturday and offers entertainment and activity for young and old.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Earl Hanson School, Rock Island, joins the Program to Assist Latch Key Student, which aids working parents. PALS is a before and after school program for grades 1-6 in certain Rock Island public and private schools.




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