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: We are informed by J.H. Hull that the reason the street sprinkler was not at work yesterday settling the dust on the streets, was because one of his horses was injured.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Bonnie McGregor, a fleet-footed stallion owned by S.W. Wheelock of this community, covered himself with glory at Lexington, Ky, when he ran a mile in 2:13 1/2. The horse's value was estimated as at least $50,000.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Troops are pouring into Paris to prepare for defense of the city. The German army is reported to be only 60 miles from the capital of France.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The German army has invaded Poland in undeclared warfare. Poland has appealed to Great Britain and France for aid.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Publication of a plant newspaper, the Farmall Works News, has been launched at the Rock Island IHC factory and replaces a managerial newsletter.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Officials predict Monday's Rock Island Labor Parade will be the biggest and best ever. Last minute work continues on floats and costumes for the parade, which steps off a 9:30 a.m.




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