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: Charles M. Osborn of this city, a lawyer of prominence, who voted for Lincoln in 1860 is now out strong for McClellan and will take the stump for him.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The George Fleming company had begun its dried fruit packing in a branch plant on 16th Street, Rock Island, employing nearly a hundred workers.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The cornerstone of the new Eagles home was laid. Building committee members were John Kobeman, Fred Ehmke and Frank Wich.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Former Kaiser Wilhelm, in exile, is sad as the Nazis march with communists.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Ninety-two members of the acappella choir at Davenport's West High School today accepted an invitation to perform at the New York World's Fair on June 13, 1965.
1989 -- 25 years ago: A Rock Island woman is one of 50 winners of $10,000 in cash in the Illinois State Lottery's "Celebration "89" instant ticket game. Dawn Loeffler was the third winner to be chosen through daily drawings that began Aug. 28 and will run 50 consecutive days.






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