Day in history for November 3, 2004

1854 -- 150 years ago
The election campaign has become a 3-way fight. Half the Whigs have gone into the new fusion (Republican) party. The Rock Island Advertiser, until this year a Whig newspaper, has joined the slavery abolitionists and now refuses to give the Whigs space. The Argus therefore is giving both the Democrats and the Whigs space for communications.

1879 -- 125 years ago
Telephone communication has been established between cities as much as 80 miles apart. The telephone is wonderful and yet it is only the beginning of miracles to come.

1904 -- 100 years ago
A settlement of mining troubles in Illinois is believed near. Work will be resumed tomorrow at the coal mines of Sherrard.

1929 -- 75 years ago
Thomas Murphy of Bowling township won the Rock Island County corn husking contest for the fourth year in a row.

1954 -- 50 years ago
The ''Pink Ladies,'' a group of dedicated volunteer women, are a wonderful source of inspiration to patients of East Moline State Hospital fighting to regain their mental composures.

1979 -- 25 years ago
It was a bad night all around for the Rock Island Alleman varsity football team. Not only did they lose their game Friday night against Rochelle, but the team members' wallets disappeared Friday between 5 and 7 p.m.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: We are informed by J.H. Hull that the reason the street sprinkler was not at work yesterday settling the dust on the streets, was because one of his horses was injured.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Bonnie McGregor, a fleet-footed stallion owned by S.W. Wheelock of this community, covered himself with glory at Lexington, Ky, when he ran a mile in 2:13 1/2. The horse's value was estimated as at least $50,000.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Troops are pouring into Paris to prepare for defense of the city. The German army is reported to be only 60 miles from the capital of France.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The German army has invaded Poland in undeclared warfare. Poland has appealed to Great Britain and France for aid.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Publication of a plant newspaper, the Farmall Works News, has been launched at the Rock Island IHC factory and replaces a managerial newsletter.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Officials predict Monday's Rock Island Labor Parade will be the biggest and best ever. Last minute work continues on floats and costumes for the parade, which steps off a 9:30 a.m.




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