Day in history for November 2, 2004

1854 -- 150 years ago
The board of directors of the Warsaw And Rockford railroad met in Rock Island and voted to give the contractors a year or more of time to complete the road along the Rock Island Rapids and to finish the section from Nauvoo to Oquawka.

1879 -- 125 years ago
The Argus with this issue passes under the exclusive control of Milton Jones, who has bought out Col. J.B. Danforth and J.S. Drake. Henry Abell will be editor and Louis A. LeClaire business manager.

1904 -- 100 years ago
The steamer Warsaw left the Rock Island dock today for the lower Mississippi, where the boat will carry cotton during the winter.

1929 -- 75 years ago
Eva Handelman won the Big Nine girls' declamation contest for Rock Island High School.

1954 -- 50 years ago
The booking sheet at the Rock Island police station carried the following notation this morning: ''Jane Doe, a deer, U.S.A.'' The police station bullpen thus had an unusual occupant this morning and a companion deer was still roaming free in Rock Island.

1979 -- 25 years ago
Rock Island County Sheriff Randy Heaton said this morning he will appeal a Moline Police Pension Board decision revoking his monthly disability pension of $541.50 that he has been receiving for five years. The pension board found Heaton ''fit for duty'' about two weeks ago.

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1864 — 150 years ago: Some persons are negotiating for 80 feet of ground on Illinois Street with a view of erecting four stores thereon. It would serve a better purpose if the money was invested in neat tenement houses.
1889 — 125 years ago: The Central station, car house and stables of the Moline-Rock Island Horse Railway line of the Holmes syndicate, together with 15 cars and 42 head of horses, were destroyed by fire. The loss was at $15,000.
1914 — 100 years ago: Vera Cruz, Mexico, after a day and night of resistance to American forces, gradually ceased opposition. The American forces took complete control of the city.
1939 — 75 years ago: Dr. R. Bruce Collins was reelected for a second term as president of the Lower Rock Island County Tuberculosis Association.
1964 — 50 years ago: Work is scheduled to begin this summer on construction of a new men's residence complex and an addition to the dining facilities at Westerlin Hall at Augustana College.
1989 — 25 years ago: Special Olympics competitors were triple winners at Rock Island High School Saturday. The participants vanquished the rain that fell during the competition, and some won their events; but most important, they triumphed over their own disabilities.




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