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: We are told league merchants have paid no attention to the prohibition on selling ammunition, but continue to sell just as before the order was issued.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The Rev. R.F. Sweet, rector of Trinity Episcopal Parish, left for the East to visit his boyhood home in Boston before attending the general convention of the Episcopal Church in New York.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Dr. E.A. Anderson was named to succeed Dr. E.L. Kerns as head physician of the Modern Woodmen of America, and moved to Rock Island from Holdingford, Minn.
1939 -- 75 years ago: One week late, because of the outbreak of war, Dr. E.L. Beyer resumed his work as professor of romance languages at Augustana College. Dr. and Mrs. Beyer left Germany on the last train to the Belgian border.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Employees in Turnstyle stores in Moline and Davenport will vote Oct. 2 in an election set up by the Chicago regional office of the National Labor Relations Board. Employees will vote either for the Retail Clerk International or for no union.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Rock Island High School is considering a step to help teen moms stay in school and get their diploma. The school board is expected to vote tonight on instituting an on-site child care center.


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