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: 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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