Day in history for November 14, 2004

1854 -- 150 years ago
It gave us great pleasure to see that the Rev. Mr. Wilson was able, by the aid of crutches, to go on the street today. Our readers will remember that he had a leg broken some weeks since while driving into town from Camden.

1879 -- 125 years ago
A report reached this city that the Milan Paper Co.'s mill was on fire and that a call had been made upon our city fire department for assistance. A later report says the fire was only the burning of straw back of the mill.

1904 -- 100 years ago
The steam heating plant that was installed at St. Mary's Church, 4th Avenue and 22nd Street, Rock Island, by Ward And McMahon was operated for the first time, and was satisfactory.

1929 -- 75 years ago
Permits for 106 houses so far in 1929 set a record for new homes in one year in Rock Island.

1954 -- 50 years ago
Mr. and Mrs. Torkel A. Torkelson, Davenport, lost their lives Sunday in an auto mishap near Little Rock, Ark. Mrs. Torkelson was supreme oracle of Royal Neighbors of America, having head offices in Rock Island.

1979 -- 25 years ago
Collections in the Geneseo Community Park District's swimming pool fund drive have reached $43,312, or 27 percent of the goal, according to Todd Sieben, drive chairman. A door-to-door campaign will be conducted Sunday afternoon.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: We learn that it is a contemplation to start a paper mill in Rock Island during the summer by a gentleman from the East.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The gates of Oklahoma were swung open at noon today, and a throng of more than 30,000 settlers started over its soil.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Iowa Coliseum Co. was incorporated with $40,000 capital and planned a building on 4th Street between Warren and Green streets in Davenport.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans are being discussed for resurfacing the streets in the entire downtown district of Rock Island.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Some 45 jobs will be created at J.I. Case Co.'s Rock Island plant in a expansion of operations announced yesterday afternoon at the firm's headquarters in Racine, Wis.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Gardeners and farmers cheered, but not all Quad-Citians found joy Saturday as more than an inch of rain fell on the area. Motorists faced dangerous, rain-slick roads as the water activated grease and grime that had built up during dry weather.








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