Day in history for November 7, 2004

1854 -- 150 years ago
Mr. Arnold, of the Island City Hotel, returned from the East. We are glad to see him back. The patrons of the house may expect that his particular department will assume its accustomed regularity again. The efficiency and dignity of the carving table has suffered some in his absence.

1879 -- 125 years ago
The Rock Island House is being handsomely painted from top to bottom. It will be thoroughly overhauled and placed in first class condition. The trade of this popular hotel is daily increasing.

1904 -- 100 years ago
Platt-Dutchen-Broder of Rock Island will give the first masquerade ball of the season at the Turner Hall Sat., Nov. 12. Tickets 50 cents a couple. Extra ladies 25 cents.

1929 -- 75 years ago
Dean Haddick is the new president of the Rock Island County Christian Endeavor Union.

1954 -- 50 years ago
Charles R. Adamson, Scott County deputy conservation officer, reported chemical tests conducted on water samples from the Mississippi River failed to uncover any clues which might clear up the mystery of pollution in the deaths of thousands of fish.

1979 -- 25 years ago
Local Nuclear Regulatory Commission and Quad-Cities Nuclear Power Station officials found no radiation or contamination when they checked a barrel marked ''Radioactive L.S.A.'' in a Cordova resident's yard.

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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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