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: We are told league merchants have paid no attention to the prohibition on selling ammunition, but continue to sell just as before the order was issued.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The Rev. R.F. Sweet, rector of Trinity Episcopal Parish, left for the East to visit his boyhood home in Boston before attending the general convention of the Episcopal Church in New York.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Dr. E.A. Anderson was named to succeed Dr. E.L. Kerns as head physician of the Modern Woodmen of America, and moved to Rock Island from Holdingford, Minn.
1939 -- 75 years ago: One week late, because of the outbreak of war, Dr. E.L. Beyer resumed his work as professor of romance languages at Augustana College. Dr. and Mrs. Beyer left Germany on the last train to the Belgian border.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Employees in Turnstyle stores in Moline and Davenport will vote Oct. 2 in an election set up by the Chicago regional office of the National Labor Relations Board. Employees will vote either for the Retail Clerk International or for no union.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Rock Island High School is considering a step to help teen moms stay in school and get their diploma. The school board is expected to vote tonight on instituting an on-site child care center.


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