Day in history for November 12, 2004

1854 -- 150 years ago
At the election this week, Mercer County voters approved making a loan of $100,000 to the Warsaw And Rockford railroad.

1879 -- 125 years ago
The Coal Valley Mining Company has forestalled a threatened strike by raising wages and also increasing the price of coal. For 16 years the company has not had a strike.

1904 -- 100 years ago
Lucy Page Gaston, president of the Anti-Cigarette League, addressed pupils of Longfellow and Irving schools. She was the guest of the Rock Island Ministerial Alliance.

1929 -- 75 years ago
George Youngvorst, 11, was fatally injured when he was dragged half a mile by a running cow near Moline. The boy was unable to free himself from a lead rope which he had wound around his waist.

1954 -- 50 years ago
Gambling has returned to Rock Island, despite the explicit orders of the mayor and the city administration to Chief of Police Claus Miller to keep the city free from gambling and vice. The gambling which has been observed in Rock Island is more than casual, The Argus has been informed on reliable evidence.

1979 -- 25 years ago
Fix them or forget them? That's the question Carbon Cliff Optimist Club members must resolve after repeated vandalism to the two school bus shelters the club built to protect village youngsters from winter's icy winds.

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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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