Day in history for January 23, 2004

1854 -- 150 years ago
L.M. Webber has been improving his store until it is the most beautiful store in Rock Island. He started on Monday for New York to buy goods for the spring trade.

1879 -- 125 years ago
Mr. and Mrs. John A. Boyer always are doing the handsome thing by the Baptist church. Their latest donation is a parsonage. The church already had received $7,000 from them.

1904 -- 100 years ago
The rear portion of the Mitchell And Lynde bank building will be remodeled. That part of the building in the past has housed the post office, the express office and the city library.

1929 -- 75 years ago
The Rev. Clement P. O'Neill, for 15 years rector of Sacred Heart Catholic Church, died following an operation.

1954 -- 50 years ago
The trials and tribulations of raising mink were described by Rollo Clason, operator of a mink ranch on the Knoxville Road south of Milan, in a speech to the Exchange Club at Glenn Moore's Tap in Moline. Last December, Clason marketed more than a thousand pelts, averaging about $30 a pelt for his product.

1979 -- 25 years ago
A caravan of about 250 tractors and American Agriculture Movement vehicles is expected to arrive in the Quad-Cities as it winds its way slowly toward the nation's capital. The group hopes to persuade legislatures to support higher farm prices. AAM officials say they will stay tonight at the K-Mart parking lot in Iowa City and if the weather holds, spend Tuesday night somewhere around John Deere in the Quad-Cities.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Journeymen shoemakers of Rock Island struck for higher wages yesterday morning, asking 25 percent increases. Employers have acceded to their demand.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Lighting struck wires of the Merchants Electric Light Co. during a furious storm, and many Rock Island business houses were compelled to resort to gas as a means of illumination.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Members of the First Church of Christ, Scientist, decided to erect a new edifice at a cost of about $60,000.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Willard Anderson, junior forward for the Augustana College basketball team, which won 17 out of 22 contests, was elected captain of the quintet.
1964 -- 50 years ago: John Hoffman, Moline, president of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts, will be honored for his 50 years in scouting by members of the council at a dinner Thursday evening.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Quad-Cities has what is believed to be the area's first elite-class gymnast. It's the stuff upon which Olympic competitors are made. Tiffany Chapman, of Rock Island, not only has earned the highest possible gymnast ranking, she won the honor at age 11.






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