Day in history for November 9, 2004

1854 -- 150 years ago
We regret to learn that J.C. Kimbrel, postmaster at Drury, is seriously ill and not expected to recover.

1879 -- 125 years ago
In the general election, Republican candidates won in Rock Island County. National (Greenback) party nominees were second.

1904 -- 100 years ago
President Theodore R. Roosevelt was re-elected, sweeping the country, coast to coast. Another Republican, Charles S. Dineen, was elected governor of Illinois.

1929 -- 75 years ago
Arthur ``Curly'' Van Nevel told Rock Island police that $20,000 had been stolen from a safe in his home.

1954 -- 50 years ago
Engineers have reported the first patches of skim ice in quiet backwater areas during recent cold nights on the Mississippi River. Main stream water temperatures in the Rock Island district, however, have been ranging from 38 to 40 degrees during the past week. Tributary and main stem river flows continued to recede from the October flood stages.

1979 -- 25 years ago
A semi-trailer tank truck carrying 350,000 gallons of ferric acid spilled between 500 and 1,000 gallons of the acid on Interstate 80, three miles east of Geneseo. Authorities say the spill poses no danger to the environment. The acid, described as corrosive, was being transported westbound on the highway from Lamont.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Because of the National Fast, no paper will be issued from this office tomorrow.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Attracting considerable attention is a sunflower stalk 15 feet high and still growing in the yard of Dr. C. Speidel on 23rd Street in Rock Island.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The municipal bathing beach proposition came up again at the city commission's meeting and a proposition passed, provided that a locker room be constructed at the foot of 7th Street for the accommodation of the bathers.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans for erecting a $14,000 warehouse to replace the frame structure at the rear of the Augustana Book Concern were announced.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Hours for tours of the new Deere & Co. Administrative Center on John Deere Road will be changed, effective Monday.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Tuesday night at the Great Mississippi Valley Fair in Davenport the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band gave its fans more than they possibly could have expected. The band took the stage at 9:07 p.m. and didn't leave until 10:40.

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