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: The ferry boat, Rock Island, having been put in good order at the boat yard is now making her regular trips, much to the gratification of those who have to cross the river.
1889 -- 125 years ago: W.J. Gamble, for many years superintendent of the Moline & Rock Island railway, leased the Fourth Avenue Hotel and renovated and refurnished it throughout.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Pending the building of new public schools or additions to the present ones to provide adequate room for all the children, the board of education decided that pupils younger than 6 years old would not be accepted in Rock Island schools.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The fifth annual New Windsor Fair and Horse show, which has been delayed for two days because of unfavorable weather, got off to a new start last night. The parade was held this morning.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The Rock Island County Fair and Rodeo will celebrate its silver anniversary this year. The fair opens Tuesday and will run through Saturday and offers entertainment and activity for young and old.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Earl Hanson School, Rock Island, joins the Program to Assist Latch Key Student, which aids working parents. PALS is a before and after school program for grades 1-6 in certain Rock Island public and private schools.




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