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: The Chicago and Rock Island Railroad will carry all who wish to attend the Chicago convention for half fare — that is, full fare to Chicago and return free.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Hardy Hetter, for several years yardmaster in the Burlington Railroad yards in Rock Island and Moline, was transferred to Beardstown. He was succeeded here by J.E. Albrecht.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Corn was estimated at 50 percent of the normal crop in Rock Island County by Crop Correspondent Thomas Campbell.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Robert Carroll, 12-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Farr Carroll, of near Aledo, won the grand championship of the Mercer County baby beef show with "Fat Stuff."
1964 -- 50 years ago: About 250 persons attended the first in a series of horse shows at the Hillandale Stables off Knoxville Road near Milan on Saturday afternoon and evening.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Ground was broken this morning for the $4.5 million Rock Valley Business Park near Rock Valley Plaza, Rock Island. The first building is 17,000 square feet for offices and a warehouse and should be completed by Dec. 1.




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