Day in history for November 10, 2004

1854 -- 150 years ago
A fine block of brick houses built near the courthouse by W.L. Lee, banker, this season burned to the ground at 2 a.m. today. The general impression is that the houses were fired by a political enemy of Mr. Lee, who was the anti-slavery candidate for the legislature.

1879 -- 125 years ago
The roadway on the island between Davenport and Rock Island is being macadamized in a most durable manner.

1904 -- 100 years ago
The new east wing of the Modern Woodmen of America building will be ready for occupancy by January 1905.

1929 -- 75 years ago
The financial campaign of the Rock Island baseball team has been aided by the sale of a young catcher, John Graham, to a major league team for $1,000.

1954 -- 50 years ago
Dedication of the new $500,000 Rock Island YWCA, 3rd Avenue and 16th Street, will take place Wednesday at 8 p.m. The building will be dedicated to the memory of the late Mrs. John H. Hauberg, a founder and the first president of the local YWCA.

1979 -- 25 years ago
Prophetstown police found themselves the victims of marijuana thieves. According to Police Chief Larry VanDyke, the thieves broke a 6- by 4-foot plate glass window at the police station and then forced a Plexiglas display window to get at a display of drug paraphernalia which included a plastic bag full of cannabis.

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1864 — 150 years ago: Never in the history of Rock Island was there such a demand for houses as at present. Our city is suffering for the want of suitable tenement houses.

1889 — 125 years ago: The choir of Central Presbyterian Church presented a ladies concert under the direction of S.T. Bowlby.

1914 — 100 years ago: Miss Rosella Benson was elected president of the Standard Bearers of Spencer Memorial Methodist Church.

1939 — 75 years ago: Mrs. Nell Clapper was elected president of the Rock Island Business and Professional Women's Club.

1964 — 50 years ago: Gerald Hickman, of Seattle, Wash, will move his family to Rock Island to assume the position of produce buyer for the Eagle Food Center chain of food stores. This announcement was made today by Bernard Weindruch, president of Eagles.

1989 — 25 years ago: Care & Share, formed in 1984 to provide food to jobless and needy Quad-Citians, will disband because the major part of a crisis created by plant closings is over. Food for the needy is still necessary. So groups separately will continue to raise money and collect food.




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