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: 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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