Day in history for November 26, 2004

1854 -- 150 years ago
The immediate objective of the new Rock Island mayor and council should be street and sidewalk improvements, the buying of suitable ground for a city cemetery and improvement of our public squares. The city is free of public debt for the first time in years.

1879 -- 125 years ago
Conrad Wittick was attacked and murdered by robbers on the Milan road near noon today. That new invention, the telephone, stopped the murderers at the bridge, scared them out of Davenport, stopped them on the railroads and kept them away from Moline. They were caught.

1904 -- 100 years ago
Work has started on the new Belgian Catholic Church on 24th Street.

1929 -- 75 years ago
Chinese warlords have agreed to end their civil war in order to join in resisting the Soviet Russian armies, which are invading Manchuria.

1954 -- 50 years ago
The new W.T. Grant Company store at 1613 5th Ave., Moline, will open to the public at 9:30 a.m. Friday with formal ribbon-cutting ceremonies, with Ald. John Lawson, mayor pro tem, doing the honors in the absence of Mayor Paul C. Johnson.

1979 -- 25 years ago
A fire, ''with smoke like you wouldn't believe,'' raced through the Trail Dust Inn, 525 14th St., Moline, about 3:30 this morning. The fire left the longtime nightspot a charred shell.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Quite a number of Negroes have lately been brought here by abolition offers returning from the army in violation of the laws of the state.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Miss Tillie Denkmann, of Rock Island, was making plans to accompany a Davenport family on a tour of Europe.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The German advance into Belgium was going apparently without serious check. The American ambassador at Berlin published a denial of the charge that Americans had been ill-treated in Germany.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Seventy-two members of Rock Island High School's 1939 graduating class are preparing to enter college — 34 of them at Augustana.
1964 -- 50 years ago: One of the oldest buildings in Milan, which for a number of years has housed the Milan Hotel, will be razed to make way for a modern, two-story office structure.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Some are blaming it on the sudden influx of insects and the extreme humidity. Still others say the invasion was inspired by a recent movie. But whatever the reason, the Quad-Cities is swarming with bats.




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