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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