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: It is rumored in the streets that the 13 negroes sent to Quincy on the Moline quota were refused. We think this must be a mistake.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Harvey McKenna, of Detroit, billiard player matched to play Wizard Schafer in New York in January for the world championship, was a professional friend and manager, Billy Catton in Rock Island.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Levi Cralle, former Rock Island county sheriff, had come from his farm near Mitchell, S.D. to visit friends in the city.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Work is being rushed on the new high school building in Orion to replace the one destroyed by fire last winter. Classes are being held in churches.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Rehearsals for the 84th season of the Handel Oratorio Society chorus will begin at 7:30 p.m. Monday on the stage of Centennial Hall, Augustana College.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Rock Island City Council's plan announced this week to have the federal government vacate Valley Homes public housing and move residents to Arsenal Courts to reduce density may not be feasible.






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