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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