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: The ladies have adopted the fashion of wearing representations of insects in the flowers on their bonnets. Some look very natural.
1889 -- 125 years ago: T.F. Cary, former Rock Island alderman, has accepted a position as salesman for a Chicago wallpaper house and plans to move to that city.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Work on the new telephone building on 18th Street between 6th and 7th avenues is progressing rapidly.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Rock Island's new theater at 3rd Avenue and 19th Street will have a name significant of its location. The "Rocket" is scheduled to open Thanksgiving Day.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Two of Rock Island's newest water towers were vandalized last night, including the one at 38th Street and 31st Avenue, where police took five Moline boys into custody about 9 p.m..
1989 -- 25 years ago: Some of us who live in the Quad-Cities take the Mississippi River for granted, or at least we used to. But the river is not taken for granted by our visitors. And most Quad-Citians are realizing the importance of the river to this area as increased emphasis is placed on tourism.







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