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: We are told league merchants have paid no attention to the prohibition on selling ammunition, but continue to sell just as before the order was issued.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The Rev. R.F. Sweet, rector of Trinity Episcopal Parish, left for the East to visit his boyhood home in Boston before attending the general convention of the Episcopal Church in New York.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Dr. E.A. Anderson was named to succeed Dr. E.L. Kerns as head physician of the Modern Woodmen of America, and moved to Rock Island from Holdingford, Minn.
1939 -- 75 years ago: One week late, because of the outbreak of war, Dr. E.L. Beyer resumed his work as professor of romance languages at Augustana College. Dr. and Mrs. Beyer left Germany on the last train to the Belgian border.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Employees in Turnstyle stores in Moline and Davenport will vote Oct. 2 in an election set up by the Chicago regional office of the National Labor Relations Board. Employees will vote either for the Retail Clerk International or for no union.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Rock Island High School is considering a step to help teen moms stay in school and get their diploma. The school board is expected to vote tonight on instituting an on-site child care center.




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