Day in history for November 8, 2004

1854 -- 150 years ago
Rock Island County gave majorities to Fusion (anti-slavery) candidates with one exception. John B. Turner, Davenport, who favors the Nebraska bill compromise, carried this county as a nominee to the Illinois legislature.

1879 -- 125 years ago
That the new invention, the telephone, is appreciated is shown by the fact that the number of subscribers in Rock Island has reached 45. The plow works, the waterworks, two railroad stations, the circuit clerk's office, and the Rock Island House are the newest renters of telephones.

1904 -- 100 years ago
The Young People's Society of Broadway Presbyterian Church will receive election returns in the church parlors tonight. H.A. Weld and W.E. McIntyre will interpret the returns.

1929 -- 75 years ago
Fifteen thousand people watched the state corn-husking contest held in a field south of the Tri-Cities. Harold Holmes of Woodhull, champion two years ago, won again.

1954 -- 50 years ago
Moline Post of the American Legion will dedicate its new $175,000 building at 15th Street and 17th Avenue at 10 a.m. Thursday, Veterans Day. The structure will be dedicated to the memory of Moline's ''hero dead of all wars.''

1979 -- 25 years ago
Ardan Catalog Showroom, 4401 41st St., Moline, opened today. The store features 40,000 square feet of display space.

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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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