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: Yesterday some bold thief stole a full bolt of calico from a box in front of Wadsworth's store, where it was on exhibition.
1889 -- 125 years ago: A team belonging to Peter Priese got away from its driver and made a mad run across the Rock Island Bridge. The driver was thrown from his seat but not hurt.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Carlton Taylor was appointed district deputy grand master for the 14th
Masonic District of Illinois.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Moline's million dollar municipal airport was dedicated to air transportation and the national defense by Lt. Gov. John Stelle.
1964 -- 50 years ago: THE ARGUS will be election headquarters for Rock Island County tomorrow night, and the public is invited to watch the operation. The closing of the polls at 6 p.m. will mark the start of open house in the newsroom. Visitors will see staff members receiving, tabulating and posting returns.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Few bricks actually tumbled, but no one seemed to mind as about 1,000 people gathered to celebrate the formal start of demolition at the site of a downtown civic center.




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