Day in history for April 26, 2004

1854 -- 150 years ago
The Argus has found nobody in these three cities who favors the sale of the island of Rock Island, as proposed in a bill before congress. On the contrary, everyone seems determined that the island should be used for a national armory and arsenal, as recommended by the Secretary of War, Jefferson Davis.

1879 -- 125 years ago
The C.B. And Q. and the Rock Island Lines are at war over the right of way between 30th Street and downtown Rock Island along the river. The Rock Island Lines crews occupied the disputed ground Saturday but the C.B. And Q. sent in 80 men to lay track Sunday morning.

1904 -- 100 years ago
The force at New Shops (Silvis) has been increased to 500 men. Thirty-five locomotives are in the shops for repairs.

1929 -- 75 years ago
Simon Pelz, 5, was injured when struck by an automobile.

1954 -- 50 years ago
The Davenport Police Department is faced with the problem of applying 400 gallons of zone marking paint on city streets following the resignation of City Painter Henry C. Carey, in connection with an alleged argument with Chief Harvey Smith.

1979 -- 25 years ago
About 90 of Moline's city workers went on strike early this morning to protest the city's decision to not rehire a former parks department employee after he had a stroke. The union says the city treated park department employee Eldon LeMaster, 57, of 413 37th St., unfairly.

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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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