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: We are informed by J.H. Hull that the reason the street sprinkler was not at work yesterday settling the dust on the streets, was because one of his horses was injured.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Bonnie McGregor, a fleet-footed stallion owned by S.W. Wheelock of this community, covered himself with glory at Lexington, Ky, when he ran a mile in 2:13 1/2. The horse's value was estimated as at least $50,000.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Troops are pouring into Paris to prepare for defense of the city. The German army is reported to be only 60 miles from the capital of France.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The German army has invaded Poland in undeclared warfare. Poland has appealed to Great Britain and France for aid.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Publication of a plant newspaper, the Farmall Works News, has been launched at the Rock Island IHC factory and replaces a managerial newsletter.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Officials predict Monday's Rock Island Labor Parade will be the biggest and best ever. Last minute work continues on floats and costumes for the parade, which steps off a 9:30 a.m.




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