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: The weather is discouraging for our great Democratic rally tomorrow, but never mind that. Let our Rock Island people show they can make a big procession themselves, rain or shine.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Apparatus arrived for drilling an artesian well on the premises of George Warner's Atlantic Brewery.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The German army continued its attacks on the allies line near the Belgian coast.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The farm home of Mr. and Mrs. Gus Zachert northwest of Buffalo Prairie, burned to the ground.
1964 -- 50 years ago: WVIK-FM, noncommercial educational radio station at Augustana College, will return to the air tomorrow. The station operates at a power of 10 watts at 90.9 megacycles on the frequency modulation band. The station is operated with a staff of 92 students.
1989 -- 25 years ago: An avenue of lights, 13 Christmas trees strung with more than 44,000 sparkling lights, will expand the Festival of Trees beyond the walls of RiverCenter in downtown Davenport in mid-November.


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