Day in history for November 23, 2004

1854 -- 150 years ago
The railway cars are running 20 miles into Illinois from a point opposite Burlington, Iowa, on the Peoria And Oquawka railroad. Stagecoaches take passengers over a 24-mile gap to connect with the Central Military Tract railroad.

1879 -- 125 years ago
The Iron Moulder Union will hold its annual ball in Timm's Hall Nov. 26. The moulders always put on a first-class dance.

1904 -- 100 years ago
Union services will be held in Central Presbyterian Church Thanksgiving day, when the Rev. O.W. Lawrence will give the sermon.

1929 -- 75 years ago
Dr. Bryce R. Winbigler, 51, a Rock Island physician and surgeon, died of a heart attack.

1954 -- 50 years ago
Due to an epidemic of damage to street lights in Rock Island, city officials today requested citizens to notify the police department immediately if they have any information that might lead to the apprehension of the vandals.

1979 -- 25 years ago
Damage to six new International Harvester combines was reported at $60,000 to $80,000 at the International Harvester East Moline plant, 1100 3rd St. East Moline police said plant guards called officers to the IH plant about 6:37 a.m. Thursday, and police found a 1460 combine engaged and running. The combine had been started and struck other combines.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: It is said that the ferry company has cleared about $10,000 since the burning of the railroad bridge. Couldn't the company now afford to pay that little bill it owes the city?
1889 -- 125 years ago: The sum of $4 million in cash in addition to supplies of immense value were forwarded to Jamestown, Pa., from all parts of the country for relief of the sufferers from the great flood.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Board of Education secured a site for the New Central Grammar School by purchasing additional property south of Irving School for $3,400.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The total number of workers employed at the Farmall Works of International Harvester Co. has reached a peak of 5,300, the largest payroll in Rock Island.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Army engineers testified today that the water levels of Lakes Huron and Michigan are at a 104-year low. The condition is causing a multi-million dollar loss to commercial shipping.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illinois Department of Revenue issued certification for a tax-increment- financing district Friday afternoon, opening one more door for developer Jim Massa to proceed through on his way to establishing an automobile raceway.






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