Day in history for November 17, 2004

1854 -- 150 years ago
Leonard Volk, a modest artist who conducts a marble shop in our city, is a genius who is destined to become famous as a sculptor. (Editors note, 1954. He did become famous.)

1879 -- 125 years ago
Davenport is rejoicing over discovery of a rich coal bed only two miles from the city. The find was made by two prospectors, W.H. Gilbert and Ole Olson; they traced the coal bed from Moline and picked it up again on the other side of the river.

1904 -- 100 years ago
The Tri-City Press Club, dining at the Manufacturer's Hotel, Moline, appointed a committee to work for the restoration and preservation of the historic Col. George Davenport home on Rock Island Arsenal island.

1929 -- 75 years ago
The St. Ambrose College football team defeated the Augustana College eleven 13 to 7 in their annual contest.

1954 -- 50 years ago
Secretary of State Charles F. Carpentier, East Moline, said today that an accident involving his 1954 state-owned limousine in East Moline last Friday evening is being investigated for possible sabotage.

1979 -- 25 years ago
Friday night's exclusive ``pre-auction VIP open house'' at Rodman Industries' former Rimco Division plant at 2525 4th Ave., Rock Island, attracted about 50 people.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: We are told league merchants have paid no attention to the prohibition on selling ammunition, but continue to sell just as before the order was issued.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The Rev. R.F. Sweet, rector of Trinity Episcopal Parish, left for the East to visit his boyhood home in Boston before attending the general convention of the Episcopal Church in New York.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Dr. E.A. Anderson was named to succeed Dr. E.L. Kerns as head physician of the Modern Woodmen of America, and moved to Rock Island from Holdingford, Minn.
1939 -- 75 years ago: One week late, because of the outbreak of war, Dr. E.L. Beyer resumed his work as professor of romance languages at Augustana College. Dr. and Mrs. Beyer left Germany on the last train to the Belgian border.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Employees in Turnstyle stores in Moline and Davenport will vote Oct. 2 in an election set up by the Chicago regional office of the National Labor Relations Board. Employees will vote either for the Retail Clerk International or for no union.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Rock Island High School is considering a step to help teen moms stay in school and get their diploma. The school board is expected to vote tonight on instituting an on-site child care center.




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