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: The weather is discouraging for our great Democratic rally tomorrow, but never mind that. Let our Rock Island people show they can make a big procession themselves, rain or shine.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Apparatus arrived for drilling an artesian well on the premises of George Warner's Atlantic Brewery.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The German army continued its attacks on the allies line near the Belgian coast.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The farm home of Mr. and Mrs. Gus Zachert northwest of Buffalo Prairie, burned to the ground.
1964 -- 50 years ago: WVIK-FM, noncommercial educational radio station at Augustana College, will return to the air tomorrow. The station operates at a power of 10 watts at 90.9 megacycles on the frequency modulation band. The station is operated with a staff of 92 students.
1989 -- 25 years ago: An avenue of lights, 13 Christmas trees strung with more than 44,000 sparkling lights, will expand the Festival of Trees beyond the walls of RiverCenter in downtown Davenport in mid-November.


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