Day in history for October 7, 2004

1854 -- 150 years ago
Although the party is badly split over the slavery question, old-line Whigs of Rock Island County made their nominations at a convention. Candidates chosen include T.B. Gorton for sheriff and John Patterson for coroner.

1879 -- 125 years ago
A Sabbath school convention for Rock Island County will be held in Port Byron on Oct. 16.

1904 -- 100 years ago
Rock Island has been invited to become host to the Illinois encampment of United Spanish War veterans in August of 1905.

1929 -- 75 years ago
While visiting relatives in Chicago, Mrs. James Selinger became ill of pneumonia and died. She was the wife of a Rock Island dentist.

1954 -- 50 years ago
Moline Lutheran Hospital officials promised to take immediate steps to prevent further washing of mud and clay from their construction site onto 6th Street and adjoining streets and avenues during each rain.

1979 -- 25 years ago
Hours of practice, late-night rehearsals and the trials of trying a new style paid off for a St. Ambrose College choir this week. The 36-member choir harmonized their way through six songs from the altar at Des Moines' Living History Farms, five hours before Pope John Paul II would honor the farmer in his first visit to rural America.

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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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