Day in history for October 9, 2004

1854 -- 150 years ago
Mechanics are so scarce that none can be hired to do a job of building of any kind. An enormous number of houses and business places are going up all over the town and no mechanics are left for projects that would be undertaken if help could be found.

1879 -- 125 years ago
Burt Rodman is suffering from a broken collarbone incurred when he was thrown by a horse.

1904 -- 100 years ago
Mrs. Maria Sweeney, believed to be 100 years old, has been admitted to St. Anthony's Hospital. Throughout the Civil War, she followed her husband to the battlefields. Without known relatives now, she has lived in a cabin on 40th Street.

1929 -- 75 years ago
A boxing program in Davenport attracted 4,000 customers since former heavyweight champion Jack Dempsey was the referee.

1954 -- 50 years ago
Vandals tossed a large cement block through a plate glass display window at the East Moline Ice and Coal Co., 222 19th St. Police discovered the broken window shortly before 2 a.m. while making rounds.

1979 -- 25 years ago
The Ship's Wheel Club burned down Tuesday night on Campbell's Island. Vandals are believed to have started the blaze. The building, an exclusive club during the early part of the century, had been vacant for the past two years.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Walter Jones, of Co, F 23rd Ky, volunteers, lost a satchel on the Camden road, yesterday, containing his papers of discharge from the army.
1889 -- 125 years ago: E. W. Robinson purchased from Mrs. J.T. Miller the livery stable on the triangle south of Market square.
1914 -- 100 years ago: A municipal; bathing beach was advocated at the weekly meeting of the city commission by commissioner Rudgren, who suggested the foot of Seventh Street as an excellent location.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Floyd Shetter, Rock Island county superintendent schools, announced teachers hired for nearly all of the 95 rural and village grade schools in the county.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The mercury officially reached the season's previous high of 95 about noon today and continued upward toward an expected mark of 97.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Fort Armstrong hotel once the wining and dining chambers of Rock Island's elite is under repair. Progress is being made though at a seeming snail's pace to return the building to a semblance of its past glory for senior citizen's homes.








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