Day in history for October 5, 2004

1854 -- 150 years ago
Old-line Whigs lost out and anti-slavery Whigs, calling themselves ''Republicans,'' won out in naming delegates to the Rock Island Whig convention.

1879 -- 125 years ago
The east end of Rock Island is looking up, with more street lights, new sidewalks, and some macadamized streets.

1904 -- 100 years ago
Herman A. Miller, 34, knocked to the ground by a switch engine, was fatally injured when he was crossing the tracks at 15th Street, Moline.

1929 -- 75 years ago
The Rock Island High School football stadium was dedicated today. In the inaugural game, Rock Island's team defeated Grand High of Cedar Rapids, 6 to 0. The stadium, which cost $175,000, will seat 14,000.

1954 -- 50 years ago
With the advent of automatic crossing gate signals in Moline, Rock Island Lines crews began removal of watchmen's shanties along the tracks.

1979 -- 25 years ago
Vandals destroyed 22 headstones at the old German cemetery, three miles south of Sherrard. Some of the stones dated back to 1870. Mercer County Sheriff's Deputy Tom Nelson, who is investigating the damage, said 22 headstones were knocked over and broken, one stone was stolen and a statue of an angel smashed.

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1864 — 150 years ago: Some persons are negotiating for 80 feet of ground on Illinois Street with a view of erecting four stores thereon. It would serve a better purpose if the money was invested in neat tenement houses.
1889 — 125 years ago: The Central station, car house and stables of the Moline-Rock Island Horse Railway line of the Holmes syndicate, together with 15 cars and 42 head of horses, were destroyed by fire. The loss was at $15,000.
1914 — 100 years ago: Vera Cruz, Mexico, after a day and night of resistance to American forces, gradually ceased opposition. The American forces took complete control of the city.
1939 — 75 years ago: Dr. R. Bruce Collins was reelected for a second term as president of the Lower Rock Island County Tuberculosis Association.
1964 — 50 years ago: Work is scheduled to begin this summer on construction of a new men's residence complex and an addition to the dining facilities at Westerlin Hall at Augustana College.
1989 — 25 years ago: Special Olympics competitors were triple winners at Rock Island High School Saturday. The participants vanquished the rain that fell during the competition, and some won their events; but most important, they triumphed over their own disabilities.




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