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 are informed by J.H. Hull that the reason the street sprinkler was not at work yesterday settling the dust on the streets, was because one of his horses was injured.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Bonnie McGregor, a fleet-footed stallion owned by S.W. Wheelock of this community, covered himself with glory at Lexington, Ky, when he ran a mile in 2:13 1/2. The horse's value was estimated as at least $50,000.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Troops are pouring into Paris to prepare for defense of the city. The German army is reported to be only 60 miles from the capital of France.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The German army has invaded Poland in undeclared warfare. Poland has appealed to Great Britain and France for aid.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Publication of a plant newspaper, the Farmall Works News, has been launched at the Rock Island IHC factory and replaces a managerial newsletter.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Officials predict Monday's Rock Island Labor Parade will be the biggest and best ever. Last minute work continues on floats and costumes for the parade, which steps off a 9:30 a.m.




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