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: Quite a number of Negroes have lately been brought here by abolition offers returning from the army in violation of the laws of the state.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Miss Tillie Denkmann, of Rock Island, was making plans to accompany a Davenport family on a tour of Europe.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The German advance into Belgium was going apparently without serious check. The American ambassador at Berlin published a denial of the charge that Americans had been ill-treated in Germany.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Seventy-two members of Rock Island High School's 1939 graduating class are preparing to enter college — 34 of them at Augustana.
1964 -- 50 years ago: One of the oldest buildings in Milan, which for a number of years has housed the Milan Hotel, will be razed to make way for a modern, two-story office structure.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Some are blaming it on the sudden influx of insects and the extreme humidity. Still others say the invasion was inspired by a recent movie. But whatever the reason, the Quad-Cities is swarming with bats.




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