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: 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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