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: It is rumored in the streets that the 13 negroes sent to Quincy on the Moline quota were refused. We think this must be a mistake.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Harvey McKenna, of Detroit, billiard player matched to play Wizard Schafer in New York in January for the world championship, was a professional friend and manager, Billy Catton in Rock Island.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Levi Cralle, former Rock Island county sheriff, had come from his farm near Mitchell, S.D. to visit friends in the city.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Work is being rushed on the new high school building in Orion to replace the one destroyed by fire last winter. Classes are being held in churches.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Rehearsals for the 84th season of the Handel Oratorio Society chorus will begin at 7:30 p.m. Monday on the stage of Centennial Hall, Augustana College.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Rock Island City Council's plan announced this week to have the federal government vacate Valley Homes public housing and move residents to Arsenal Courts to reduce density may not be feasible.






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