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: A fine lumber mill is on the course of erection at Andalusia. A flouring mill at that location is doing a fine business.
1889 — 125 years ago: J.B. Lidders, past captain of Beardsley Camp, Sons of Veterans, returned from Paterson, N.Y., where he attended the National Sons of Veterans encampments.
1914 — 100 years ago: President Wilson announced that he had received from the imperial chancellor of Germany a noncommittal reply to his inquiry into a report that the emperor was willing to discuss terms of peace.
1939 — 75 years ago: Delegates at the Illinois Conference of the Methodist Church in Springfield voted to raise the minimum pay of ministers so that every pastor would get at least $1,000 annually.
1964 — 50 years ago: An audience of more than 2,600 persons jammed into the Davenport RKO Orpheum theater with a shoe horn feasted on a Miller-Diller evening that was a killer night. Phyllis Diller sent the audience with her offbeat humor. And send them she did! It was Miss Diller's third appearance in the Quad-Cities area.
1989 — 25 years ago: A few years ago, a vacant lot on 7th Avenue and 14th Street in Rock Island was a community nuisance. Weeds grew as high 18 inches. Today, the lot has a new face, thanks to Michael and Sheila Rind and other neighbors who helped them turn it into a park three weeks ago.





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