Day in history for November 19, 2004

1854 -- 150 years ago
Many men are out searching for Charles Spencer, 17, who disappeared while he was hunting four days ago. A reward of $300 is offered for information. Extra: As The Argus goes to press, word comes that Spencer's body was found in the Rock River near William Carr's place.

1879 -- 125 years ago
There seems to be a feeling in favor of abolishing tolls on the Rock River bridges. The city needs the money to maintain the bridges but it is asking outsiders to pay premium for the sake of trading in Rock Island.

1904 -- 100 years ago
The Women's Christian Temperance Union today petitioned the Rock Island City Council to appoint a policewoman or police matron.

1929 -- 75 years ago
The Rev. G.A. Sheets resigned today as pastor of First Baptist Church, Rock Island. He is considering three calls.

1954 -- 50 years ago
A search was under way today in the Quad-Cities area for safe burglars who took an estimated $4,000 Thursday night or early this morning at Downing's Dairy, Inc., 2268 24th St., Rock Island.

1979 -- 25 years ago
Police found Nicholas J. Chirekos, 59, of 34 Woodley Rd., Rock Island, dead with two bullet wounds in the back of his head in his second-floor office at the Plantation Club restaurant, 3701 7th St., Moline, at 2:08 a.m. Sunday.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: We learn that it is a contemplation to start a paper mill in Rock Island during the summer by a gentleman from the East.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The gates of Oklahoma were swung open at noon today, and a throng of more than 30,000 settlers started over its soil.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Iowa Coliseum Co. was incorporated with $40,000 capital and planned a building on 4th Street between Warren and Green streets in Davenport.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans are being discussed for resurfacing the streets in the entire downtown district of Rock Island.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Some 45 jobs will be created at J.I. Case Co.'s Rock Island plant in a expansion of operations announced yesterday afternoon at the firm's headquarters in Racine, Wis.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Gardeners and farmers cheered, but not all Quad-Citians found joy Saturday as more than an inch of rain fell on the area. Motorists faced dangerous, rain-slick roads as the water activated grease and grime that had built up during dry weather.








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