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: 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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