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: A corps of surgeons now occupies the new hospital quarters at the Garrison Hospital on the Rock Island Arsenal. A fence has been installed to enclose the prison hospital.
1889 -- 125 years ago: B. Winter has let a contract to Christ Schreiner for a two story brick building with a double store front on the south side of 3rd Avenue just west of 17th Street. The estimated cost was $4,500.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Germany sent simultaneous ultimatums to Russia and France, demanding that Russia suspend mobilization within 12 hours and demanding that France inform Germany within 18 hours. In the case of war between Germany and Russia, France would remain neutral.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Civil service offices at the post office and the Rock Island Arsenal were swamped as more than 700 youths sought 15 machinist apprenticeships at the Arsenal.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Last night, American Legion Post 246 in Moline figuratively handed over the trousers to a female ex-Marine and petticoat rule began. Olga Swanson, of Moline, was installed as the first woman commander of the post .
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illinois Quad City Civic Center captured the excitement and interest of a convention of auditorium managers this weekend in Reno, Nev. Bill Adams, civic center authority chairman, said the 10,000-seat arena planned for downtown Moline has caught the eye of construction firms, suppliers, management teams and concession groups.








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