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 are informed by J.H. Hull that the reason the street sprinkler was not at work yesterday settling the dust on the streets, was because one of his horses was injured.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Bonnie McGregor, a fleet-footed stallion owned by S.W. Wheelock of this community, covered himself with glory at Lexington, Ky, when he ran a mile in 2:13 1/2. The horse's value was estimated as at least $50,000.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Troops are pouring into Paris to prepare for defense of the city. The German army is reported to be only 60 miles from the capital of France.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The German army has invaded Poland in undeclared warfare. Poland has appealed to Great Britain and France for aid.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Publication of a plant newspaper, the Farmall Works News, has been launched at the Rock Island IHC factory and replaces a managerial newsletter.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Officials predict Monday's Rock Island Labor Parade will be the biggest and best ever. Last minute work continues on floats and costumes for the parade, which steps off a 9:30 a.m.




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