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 learn that it is a contemplation to start a paper mill in Rock Island during the summer by a gentleman from the East.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The gates of Oklahoma were swung open at noon today, and a throng of more than 30,000 settlers started over its soil.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Iowa Coliseum Co. was incorporated with $40,000 capital and planned a building on 4th Street between Warren and Green streets in Davenport.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans are being discussed for resurfacing the streets in the entire downtown district of Rock Island.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Some 45 jobs will be created at J.I. Case Co.'s Rock Island plant in a expansion of operations announced yesterday afternoon at the firm's headquarters in Racine, Wis.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Gardeners and farmers cheered, but not all Quad-Citians found joy Saturday as more than an inch of rain fell on the area. Motorists faced dangerous, rain-slick roads as the water activated grease and grime that had built up during dry weather.








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