Day in history for November 15, 2004

1854 -- 150 years ago
Mr. Downie has renewed his subscription to the Daily Republican for his billiard saloon, under the Island City Hotel, so the public can have an opportunity to see the paper there, when desired.

1879 -- 125 years ago
The gang of murderous tramps who recently terrorized Moline now is making things lively around Galva. One was shot while he was breaking into a house, but his friends liberated him from the Galva jail. The gang is reported headed for Rock Island, which is preparing a hot reception.

1904 -- 100 years ago
A mysterious ''Jack the Hugger'' type assailant is terrifying young women of Rock Island.

1929 -- 75 years ago
Santa Claus will come to Rock Island with at least six of his reindeer Dec. 13, the chamber of commerce said.

1954 -- 50 years ago
A young gentleman of Moline by the name of Larry McMahill Jr. recently arrived in the world with an unusually heavy growth of hair, so heavy that at the age of 2 months he made his first trip to the barber shop.

1979 -- 25 years ago
John M. Verona of Moline was elected first vice president of the Illinois Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives at the association's annual meeting in Belleville recently. Verona is the executive manager of the Upper Rock Island County Chamber of Commerce.

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1864 — 150 years ago: Some persons are negotiating for 80 feet of ground on Illinois Street with a view of erecting four stores thereon. It would serve a better purpose if the money was invested in neat tenement houses.
1889 — 125 years ago: The Central station, car house and stables of the Moline-Rock Island Horse Railway line of the Holmes syndicate, together with 15 cars and 42 head of horses, were destroyed by fire. The loss was at $15,000.
1914 — 100 years ago: Vera Cruz, Mexico, after a day and night of resistance to American forces, gradually ceased opposition. The American forces took complete control of the city.
1939 — 75 years ago: Dr. R. Bruce Collins was reelected for a second term as president of the Lower Rock Island County Tuberculosis Association.
1964 — 50 years ago: Work is scheduled to begin this summer on construction of a new men's residence complex and an addition to the dining facilities at Westerlin Hall at Augustana College.
1989 — 25 years ago: Special Olympics competitors were triple winners at Rock Island High School Saturday. The participants vanquished the rain that fell during the competition, and some won their events; but most important, they triumphed over their own disabilities.




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