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: The female sex seems to have gone crazy on the subject of dry goods. When high prices keep them from increasing their wardrobes, they turn to stealing. Yard goods, hats, shoes and other items are being picked up and carried home.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Members of Everts Commandery No. 18, Knights Templar, under Commander H.C. Cleaveland, marched from the Masonic Temple to Trinity Episcopal Church for their annual Easter services.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Nate Hultgren pitched the Augustana College baseball team to a 10-3 victory over Carthage, striking out 11 men and allowing only four hits.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Marvel Leonhardi, a Rock Island High School senior, was the winner of an essay contest on advertising sponsored by The Argus and Advertising Age, a national advertising publication.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The Augustana College band drew a crowd of 1,200 people for its annual home concert in Centennial Hall. The size of the crowd was indicative of the fact the band is rapidly approaching the stature of the Augustana Choir.
1989 -- 25 years ago: A benefit to raise money for extracurricular activities in the Rock Island Milan School District will be April 27 at the Quad City Downs harness race track. People buying $17.50 tickets to the second annual "Night at the Quad City Downs" will be entitled to an evening of harness racing and dinner.






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