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: Port Byron passengers and mails will be transported by the Sterling and Rock Island railroad.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The congregation of the First Methodist church worshiped in Harper's theater, where construction work is being done at the church site.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Three-eye baseball for Moline was assured the Danville Franchise will be transferred to the Plow city.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Roseville Methodist Church is observing its 100th anniversary.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The last remaining unfinished portion of Interstate 80 between the Quad-Cities and Joliet will be opened to traffic by Aug 12.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Of all the highlights of the last 12 years, this is the greatest of all, said Dennis Hitchcock, producer director of Circa '21 Dinner Playhouse, as he torched the mortgage, clearing a $220,000 loan financing the downtown Rock Island theater's beginnings in 1977.




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