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: Some persons are negotiating for 80 feet of ground on Illinois Street with a view of erecting four stores thereon. It would serve a better purpose if the money was invested in neat tenement houses.
1889 — 125 years ago: The Central station, car house and stables of the Moline-Rock Island Horse Railway line of the Holmes syndicate, together with 15 cars and 42 head of horses, were destroyed by fire. The loss was at $15,000.
1914 — 100 years ago: Vera Cruz, Mexico, after a day and night of resistance to American forces, gradually ceased opposition. The American forces took complete control of the city.
1939 — 75 years ago: Dr. R. Bruce Collins was reelected for a second term as president of the Lower Rock Island County Tuberculosis Association.
1964 — 50 years ago: Work is scheduled to begin this summer on construction of a new men's residence complex and an addition to the dining facilities at Westerlin Hall at Augustana College.
1989 — 25 years ago: Special Olympics competitors were triple winners at Rock Island High School Saturday. The participants vanquished the rain that fell during the competition, and some won their events; but most important, they triumphed over their own disabilities.




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