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: It is rumored in the streets that the 13 negroes sent to Quincy on the Moline quota were refused. We think this must be a mistake.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Harvey McKenna, of Detroit, billiard player matched to play Wizard Schafer in New York in January for the world championship, was a professional friend and manager, Billy Catton in Rock Island.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Levi Cralle, former Rock Island county sheriff, had come from his farm near Mitchell, S.D. to visit friends in the city.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Work is being rushed on the new high school building in Orion to replace the one destroyed by fire last winter. Classes are being held in churches.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Rehearsals for the 84th season of the Handel Oratorio Society chorus will begin at 7:30 p.m. Monday on the stage of Centennial Hall, Augustana College.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Rock Island City Council's plan announced this week to have the federal government vacate Valley Homes public housing and move residents to Arsenal Courts to reduce density may not be feasible.






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