Day in history for November 4, 2004

1854 -- 150 years ago
The Rock Island City Council has appropriated $300 to fill the slough on Otter St. (12th St.) and to make a road across the swamp.

1879 -- 125 years ago
The J.M. Christy Cracker Factory of Rock Island is 1,000 barrels of crackers behind in filling its orders.

1904 -- 100 years ago
DeWolf Hopper in the play ''Wang'' will be the attraction at the Illinois Theater tomorrow night.

1929 -- 75 years ago
Frank T. Sheets, state highway engineer, will recommend the routing of a new federal road through Rock Island.

1954 -- 50 years ago
Isabel (Mrs. John V.) Bloom, 927 W. 8th St., Davenport, will be presented the $50 L.W. Ramsey Company sweepstakes award for the most outstanding work in the Quad-Cities Arts exhibition at the Davenport Municipal Gallery at a reception tonight at 7:30 p.m. at the gallery.

1979 -- 25 years ago
Vandals caused more than $21,000 worth of damage to the International Harvester Farmall Plant in Rock Island over the past three days. Three tractors awaiting shipment were shot at with a .22 caliber weapon causing about $1,000 in damage. A closed circuit television camera mounted on the roof of the main office was shot out, valued at $20,000. The incidents of violence have prompted a UAW official to issue a plea to stop the violence.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Miss McCorkindale has opened millinery rooms over Gimbel's dry goods store, where she offers a choice lot of millinery goods, which she will manufacture to order.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The little South Park Presbyterian chapel celebrated it first Easter decorated with flowers for an afternoon worship service attended by a large congregation.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Wennerberg Chorus of Augustana College has returned from a 2,000-mile tour in the Eastern states and Illinois.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Col. Charles Lindbergh has stated that he is convinced that Germany's air force is equal to the combined sky fleets of her potential European foes.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Small gas motors may be permitted on boats in the lake to be built in Loud Thunder Forest Preserve. The prospect was discussed yesterday at a meeting of the Rock Island County Forest Preserve Commission.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The annual Dispatch/Rock Island Argus Spelling Bee continues to be a family tradition. Ed Lee, an eighth-grader at John Deere Junior High School, Moline, is the 1989 spelling bee champion from among 49 top spellers in Rock Island, Henry and Mercer counties. He advances to the competition in Washington, D.C. Runnerup was Ed's sister, Susan.






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