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: It is rumored in the streets that the 13 negroes sent to Quincy on the Moline quota were refused. We think this must be a mistake.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Harvey McKenna, of Detroit, billiard player matched to play Wizard Schafer in New York in January for the world championship, was a professional friend and manager, Billy Catton in Rock Island.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Levi Cralle, former Rock Island county sheriff, had come from his farm near Mitchell, S.D. to visit friends in the city.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Work is being rushed on the new high school building in Orion to replace the one destroyed by fire last winter. Classes are being held in churches.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Rehearsals for the 84th season of the Handel Oratorio Society chorus will begin at 7:30 p.m. Monday on the stage of Centennial Hall, Augustana College.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Rock Island City Council's plan announced this week to have the federal government vacate Valley Homes public housing and move residents to Arsenal Courts to reduce density may not be feasible.






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