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: It is estimated that 300,000 people attended the recent Democratic convention in Chicago when Gen. George B. McClellan of New Jersey was nominated as a candidate for president of the United States.
1889 — 125 years ago: Alderman Frank Ill, Winslow Howard and Captain J.M. Montgomery returned from Milwaukee, where they attended the national Grand Army of the Republic encampment.
1914 — 100 years ago: Three members of the Rock Island YMCA accepted positions as physical directors of other associations. Albert Cook went to Kewanee, C.D. Curtis to Canton and Willis Woods to Leavenworth, Kan.
1939 — 75 years ago: Former President Herbert Hoover appealed for national support of President F.D. Roosevelt and Congress in every effort to keep the United States out of war.
1964 — 50 years ago: The Rock Island Junior chamber pf Commerce has received answers to about 65 % of the 600 questionnaires mailed out recently in a "Community Attitude Survey" to analyze sentiments of citizens towards their city's various recreational, educational, and civic service programs.
1989 — 25 years ago: The two thunderstorms passing through the Quad Cities last night and early today left some area residents reaching for their flashlights.

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