Day in history for November 24, 2004

1854 -- 150 years ago
Mayor Ben Harper said in his inaugural address that Rock Island has doubled in population within the past year and now is a city of 5,000 people.

1879 -- 125 years ago
Two of the most highly esteemed members of Rock Island society were married last evening. The bride, Lucy Buford Harper, was elegantly attired in heavy white silk. In her hair were floral twigs. She was wed to Homer Jennings Lowrey.

1904 -- 100 years ago
The Elm Street electric car hit a Carse And Ohlweiler delivery wagon, injuring the driver, Scotty Schuelte.

1929 -- 75 years ago
Representatives of agencies decided to leave the question of revival of the Community Chest up to the board of directors and the Central Council of Social Agencies.

1954 -- 50 years ago
If the experience of the last several months is any criterion, Deere And Co. employees are the luckiest cribbage players in the land. Herman A. Heimbeck, Rock Island, joined the ranks of Deere men who recently have drawn perfect 29-point hands.

1979 -- 25 years ago
Charles Howell is a shy man, but when he talks of God and country, he shouts his faith to the world in brilliant colors that can never fade away. Howell is the artist who painted the big murals on the side of McKay's Plating, Hampton, and Hobby House Ceramics, East Moline.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Sheriff McLaughlin had the misfortune to dislocate his right shoulder some days ago when his carriage upset. He is now able to walk about but has a very sore shoulder.
1889 -- 125 years ago: A kindergarten was started in the downtown district of Rock Island with the Misses Dodie Hawes and Grace Knowlton as teachers.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Pope Pius X died in Rome.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Rock Island's new theater was named Esquire.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The J.I. Case Co. plant in Bettendorf will add from 150 to 200 employees by Jan. 1 a spokesman for the company said today. The Bettendorf Works today had a payroll of 1,350, but an increased production schedule will require additional people.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illowa Council Boy Scouts of America reached and passed its campaign goal in a drive that began 14 months ago by raising more than $2.2 million for the expansion of Loud Thunder Reservation near Andalusia.






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