Day in history for November 5, 2004

1854 -- 150 years ago
Ben Harper is the only man being mentioned for mayor. We asked him today if he will run as a Know Nothing, Democrat, Whig, Republican, or as the representative of an ism, and he emphatically said party politics has nothing to do with any city election. Under the circumstances, Harper probably will be unopposed.

1879 -- 125 years ago
William Ryan, a farmer of near Cordova, was trampled to death by his team of horses when they became frightened by a train. Coroner Morris has gone to Rapids City to hold an inquest.

1904 -- 100 years ago
Nine barbershops which have been on strike reopened today. A dispute over the daily hour for opening will be settled by arbitration.

1929 -- 75 years ago
Col. D.M. King, commandant of Rock Island Arsenal, was honored by the Rock Island American Legion and presented with a past commander's pin.

1954 -- 50 years ago
Included in a four-point program announced today by C.H. Wildman, re-elected sheriff of Scott County, is the installation of radio equipment in toll houses of the Centennial and Iowa-Illinois Memorial bridges as part of the police and sheriff's net.

1979 -- 25 years ago
A huge flag raised last week over Putnam Museum in Davenport as a symbol of community involvement flies no more. The flag was taken the day after it was raised.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: We learn that it is a contemplation to start a paper mill in Rock Island during the summer by a gentleman from the East.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The gates of Oklahoma were swung open at noon today, and a throng of more than 30,000 settlers started over its soil.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Iowa Coliseum Co. was incorporated with $40,000 capital and planned a building on 4th Street between Warren and Green streets in Davenport.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans are being discussed for resurfacing the streets in the entire downtown district of Rock Island.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Some 45 jobs will be created at J.I. Case Co.'s Rock Island plant in a expansion of operations announced yesterday afternoon at the firm's headquarters in Racine, Wis.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Gardeners and farmers cheered, but not all Quad-Citians found joy Saturday as more than an inch of rain fell on the area. Motorists faced dangerous, rain-slick roads as the water activated grease and grime that had built up during dry weather.








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