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: Some persons are negotiating for 80 feet of ground on Illinois Street with a view of erecting four stores thereon. It would serve a better purpose if the money was invested in neat tenement houses.
1889 — 125 years ago: The Central station, car house and stables of the Moline-Rock Island Horse Railway line of the Holmes syndicate, together with 15 cars and 42 head of horses, were destroyed by fire. The loss was at $15,000.
1914 — 100 years ago: Vera Cruz, Mexico, after a day and night of resistance to American forces, gradually ceased opposition. The American forces took complete control of the city.
1939 — 75 years ago: Dr. R. Bruce Collins was reelected for a second term as president of the Lower Rock Island County Tuberculosis Association.
1964 — 50 years ago: Work is scheduled to begin this summer on construction of a new men's residence complex and an addition to the dining facilities at Westerlin Hall at Augustana College.
1989 — 25 years ago: Special Olympics competitors were triple winners at Rock Island High School Saturday. The participants vanquished the rain that fell during the competition, and some won their events; but most important, they triumphed over their own disabilities.




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