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: The attention of contractors is called to proposals for building a magazine. The building is to be erected on the south side of the island, above the railroad, nearly opposite Sinnit's ice houses.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Ladies patent leather tip shoes were selling for $3 at the M & K store, and men's spring overcoats were advertised at $7.50.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Fred Feuchter, of Davenport, was elected president of the Tri-City Post Office Clerks club, and Joe Goldsmith, of Rock Island, was named secretary treasurer.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Mass vaccination of more than 1,600 employed of the Rock Island Arsenal has been ordered by Col. Norman Ramsey after a 13-year-old daughter of the Arsenal manager became ill with smallpox.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The 1964 Scout-O-Rama of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts closed a two-day session last evening at the Rock Island Armory with 5,000 paid attendance.
1989 -- 25 years ago: "From the horse and buggy days ... to this" said Mercer County Sheriff Marvin Thirtyacre, waving his hand to indicate the sheriff's department facilities at the new $1.5 million Mercer County Jail in Aledo.

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