Day in history for November 11, 2004

1854 -- 150 years ago
Monday night a great prairie fire began in Drury precinct and raged furiously all Tuesday, compelling farmers to work unceasingly to save their buildings and crops. Much fence and many haystacks were destroyed.

1879 -- 125 years ago
Mrs. John Whitsitt of Preemption, blind for four years, has been cured of cataracts by an unusual operation. She has recovered her sight entirely.

1904 -- 100 years ago
August E. Lamp and Henry Edwards are on a committee to iron out differences between boss barbers and the barbers' union. A neutral third party will be named.

1929 -- 75 years ago
Thousands of people watched an Armistice Day parade in Rock Island and the dedication of a beacon for aviators. The light is on top of the water tower in Reservoir Park.

1954 -- 50 years ago
Miss Shirley DeTaeye, civics and history instructor at John Deere Junior High School, Moline, spoke to the Moline Kiwanis Club on ''Teachers of Tomorrow.'' Miss DeTaeye said all teachers of yesterday, today or tomorrow needed to understand their students, have knowledge of their subject, have enthusiasm for their field and must work hard to be good teachers.

1979 -- 25 years ago
Two Rock Island Lines rail cars carrying corn derailed at 1st Street, Moline, at 1 p.m. Sunday, blocking the main rail lines until 1 a.m. today.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: The store of Devoe and Crampton was entered and robbed of about $500 worth of gold pens and pocket cutlery last night.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Michael Malloy was named president of the Tri-City Stone Cutters Union.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Dewitte C. Poole, former Moline newspaperman serving as vice consul general for the United States government in Paris, declared in a letter to friends that the once gay Paris is a city of sadness and desolation.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans for the construction of an $80,000 wholesale bakery at 2011 4th Ave. were announced by Harry and Nick Coin, of Rock Island. It is to be known as the Banquet Bakery.
1964 -- 50 years ago: An application has been filed for a state permit to organize a savings and loan association in Moline, it was announced. The applicants are Ben Butterworth, A.B. Lundahl, C. Richard Evans, John Harris, George Crampton and William Getz, all of Moline, Charles Roberts, Rock Island, and Charles Johnson, of Hampton.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Indian summer is quickly disappearing as temperatures slide into the 40s and 50s this week. Last week, highs were in the 80s.


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