Day in history for February 14, 2004

1854 -- 150 years ago
A subscriber desires us to call public attention to the importance of employing good and faithful teachers in our common schools. We have no doubt that our present commissioner, J.W. Churchill, Esq., will exercise great care and the most rigid scrutiny in relation to both the character and abilities of all persons who apply to him for certificates.

1879 -- 125 years ago
The WCTU at Monmouth has declared the use of cider unwholesome.

1904 -- 100 years ago
Work is progressing on a bridge from Watertown to Campbell's Island. The bridge is being built by a street car company.

1929 -- 75 years ago
Coralu Channon and Bert Durkee won popularity contests at a Rock Island High School frolic.

1954 -- 50 years ago
All St. Valentine's Day heat records in the Quad-Cities area were broken when the mercury hit an official 65 degrees at the airport and 64 degrees in the city. The previous Feb. 14 high in this area was 63 degrees, recorded in 1918. The summer-like weather coming on Sunday, a day of little employment, gave residents of the Quad-Cities an opportunity to enjoy it, and they did, thousands of them taking auto trips.

1979 -- 25 years ago
A 324-pound roll of carpet, value unknown, was taken from a driveway beside Personal Touch, 2828 16th St., Moline, about 2:15 p.m. Friday. Four males were seen loading the carpet into a station wagon. The car headed south on 16th Street.

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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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