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: Col. H.F. Sickless informs us that there will be new organization of troops in this state under the call for more men.
1889 -- 125 years ago: James Normoyle arrived home after graduating from West Point with honors in the class of 1889. He was to report to Fort Brady, Mich., as second lieutenant in the 23rd Infantry.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Austria Hungary declared war on Serbia. Germany and Austria refused an invitation of Sir Edward Grey to join Great Britain at a mediation conference.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Dr. William Mayo, the last of the three famous Mayo brother surgeons, died at the age of 78.
1964 -- 50 years ago: One of the biggest horse shows of the season was held yesterday at Hillandale Arena on Knoxville Road under the sponsorship of the Illowa Horsemen's Club.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Davenport is like a gigantic carnival this weekend with the Bix Arts Fest taking over 12 square blocks of the downtown area. A festive atmosphere prevailed Friday as thousands of people turned out to sample what the Arts Fest has to offer.








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