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: 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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