Day in history for October 4, 2004

1854 -- 150 years ago
Anti-slavery men met at Berlin (Swedona) and nominated Billy Lee for the legislature from this district. Rock Island County Whigs, trying to hold the party together, plan a 3-county convention of their own at Berlin.

1879 -- 125 years ago
Extensive improvements to the east end of Moline (5th) Avenue are being pushed. Mayor E.P. Reynolds personally is supervising the work.

1904 -- 100 years ago
The University of Iowa defeated Augustana College in football, 32 to 2, at Iowa City.

1929 -- 75 years ago
The Rock Island Board of Health ruled, because of the smallpox epidemic, that pupils who refuse vaccination cannot attend school until the danger to health is over.

1954 -- 50 years ago
Oliver I. Underwood, Rock Island, was elected most illustrious grand master of the Illinois grand council, Royal and Select Masters, a Masonic organization, at the council's annual sessions in Herrin, Ill., Saturday.

1979 -- 25 years ago
Students at Moline's Coolidge Junior High boycotted the hot lunch program Friday and Monday. Complaints that higher prices are being charged for less food touched off the boycott. The Moline Board of Education raised lunch prices 15 cents, to 80 cents, in August to help offset an $80,000 deficit in the cafeteria budget.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Yesterday some bold thief stole a full bolt of calico from a box in front of Wadsworth's store, where it was on exhibition.
1889 -- 125 years ago: A team belonging to Peter Priese got away from its driver and made a mad run across the Rock Island Bridge. The driver was thrown from his seat but not hurt.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Carlton Taylor was appointed district deputy grand master for the 14th
Masonic District of Illinois.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Moline's million dollar municipal airport was dedicated to air transportation and the national defense by Lt. Gov. John Stelle.
1964 -- 50 years ago: THE ARGUS will be election headquarters for Rock Island County tomorrow night, and the public is invited to watch the operation. The closing of the polls at 6 p.m. will mark the start of open house in the newsroom. Visitors will see staff members receiving, tabulating and posting returns.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Few bricks actually tumbled, but no one seemed to mind as about 1,000 people gathered to celebrate the formal start of demolition at the site of a downtown civic center.




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