Day in history for October 6, 2004

1854 -- 150 years ago
A Scotchman, Thomas Pritcher, was murdered outside one of the dance halls on the bluff behind Davenport at 11 o'clock last night. He was pushed off the steps and stabbed in the heart by a man who has been arrested.

1879 -- 125 years ago
When improvements to the building are completed, Christy's Bakery will be a handsome structure, adding much to the appearance of 3rd Avenue just east of the courthouse.

1904 -- 100 years ago
Raymond Nold, 10, of near Joslin, accidentally was shot and killed while he was hunting.

1929 -- 75 years ago
In a contest to name the new athletic stadium, the judges have chosen 10 names to submit to the Rock Island Board of Education. The stadium was dedicated yesterday, but as yet it has no official name.

1954 -- 50 years ago
The McCabe Department Store in Rock Island Friday and Saturday will have the grand opening of its new cafeteria-style dining room. During recent weeks, workmen have been busy converting the McCabe tearoom into a cafeteria.

1979 -- 25 years ago
Members of the Blue Knights Law Enforcement Motorcycle Club are out to promote safety on the highways in off-duty hours. If you haven't yet seen the denim-vested motorcyclists riding in formation in groups of nine, it's because the local chapter, Iowa 1, was formed just last month.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: We learn that it is a contemplation to start a paper mill in Rock Island during the summer by a gentleman from the East.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The gates of Oklahoma were swung open at noon today, and a throng of more than 30,000 settlers started over its soil.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Iowa Coliseum Co. was incorporated with $40,000 capital and planned a building on 4th Street between Warren and Green streets in Davenport.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans are being discussed for resurfacing the streets in the entire downtown district of Rock Island.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Some 45 jobs will be created at J.I. Case Co.'s Rock Island plant in a expansion of operations announced yesterday afternoon at the firm's headquarters in Racine, Wis.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Gardeners and farmers cheered, but not all Quad-Citians found joy Saturday as more than an inch of rain fell on the area. Motorists faced dangerous, rain-slick roads as the water activated grease and grime that had built up during dry weather.








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