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: The female sex seems to have gone crazy on the subject of dry goods. When high prices keep them from increasing their wardrobes, they turn to stealing. Yard goods, hats, shoes and other items are being picked up and carried home.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Members of Everts Commandery No. 18, Knights Templar, under Commander H.C. Cleaveland, marched from the Masonic Temple to Trinity Episcopal Church for their annual Easter services.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Nate Hultgren pitched the Augustana College baseball team to a 10-3 victory over Carthage, striking out 11 men and allowing only four hits.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Marvel Leonhardi, a Rock Island High School senior, was the winner of an essay contest on advertising sponsored by The Argus and Advertising Age, a national advertising publication.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The Augustana College band drew a crowd of 1,200 people for its annual home concert in Centennial Hall. The size of the crowd was indicative of the fact the band is rapidly approaching the stature of the Augustana Choir.
1989 -- 25 years ago: A benefit to raise money for extracurricular activities in the Rock Island Milan School District will be April 27 at the Quad City Downs harness race track. People buying $17.50 tickets to the second annual "Night at the Quad City Downs" will be entitled to an evening of harness racing and dinner.






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