Day in history for February 21, 2004

1854 -- 150 years ago
A very fine stock of beautiful gold watches, clocks and jewelry may be found at the store of Mr. Geo. D. Bromley on Illinois Street, near the courthouse square. Mr. B. is a thorough and practical watchmaker, by trade, and has a shop in this city and one in Moline.

1879 -- 125 years ago
At Galesburg, scarlet fever is spreading at a fearful rate. Many people have died within 24 hours after taking the disease.

1904 -- 100 years ago
Opening 18th Avenue, from 17th to 12th streets, is being considered by the Rock Island city council.

1929 -- 75 years ago
Fred R. Pollard has been named chairman of a Rosenfield for Mayor committee.

1954 -- 50 years ago
Rock Island Arsenal's participation in the manufacture of the new ''Honest John'' rocket mentioned in a talk this week by Gen. Matthew B. Ridgway, Army Chief of Staff, was acknowledged officially by the Department of the Army. According to Ridgway, the missile will have a range of more than 50 miles, and the rocket will be capable of hitting battlefield targets 17 miles behind enemy front lines.

1979 -- 25 years ago
Construction will begin within days on a $932,531 face-lift for Augustana College's Wallberg Hall of Science and the College Union. The first floor of the union will be converted for use by the biology department. Wallberg Hall, which housed all science classes when it opened in 1935, will be used almost exclusively by the chemistry department.

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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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