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: We are informed by J.H. Hull that the reason the street sprinkler was not at work yesterday settling the dust on the streets, was because one of his horses was injured.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Bonnie McGregor, a fleet-footed stallion owned by S.W. Wheelock of this community, covered himself with glory at Lexington, Ky, when he ran a mile in 2:13 1/2. The horse's value was estimated as at least $50,000.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Troops are pouring into Paris to prepare for defense of the city. The German army is reported to be only 60 miles from the capital of France.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The German army has invaded Poland in undeclared warfare. Poland has appealed to Great Britain and France for aid.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Publication of a plant newspaper, the Farmall Works News, has been launched at the Rock Island IHC factory and replaces a managerial newsletter.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Officials predict Monday's Rock Island Labor Parade will be the biggest and best ever. Last minute work continues on floats and costumes for the parade, which steps off a 9:30 a.m.




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