Day in history for May 16, 2004

1854 -- 150 years ago
At a recent election in Moline, James Chapman Esq., was elected Police Magistrate under a law passed at the late session of the legislature; and has the same powers and jurisdiction as justices of the peace.

1879 -- 125 years ago
George and James Willis were up before Squire Hayden today for disorderly conduct. George had bought whiskey for a sick father when James drank it and made a disturbance. George was discharged and James was sent to jail for 60 days.

1904 -- 100 years ago
The Moline board of education raised the salary of teachers in that city in amounts ranging from $2 to $10 per month.

1929 -- 75 years ago
15th Avenue Christian Church, Rock Island, will be formally dedicated May 19.

1954 -- 50 years ago
A $25,000 face lifting is planned for a 12-store area in Rock Island's business district as a result of a contract just signed between Greenleaf Construction Co., Rock Island, and Frank Skafidas and son, George Skafidas, owners of business interests on 3rd Avenue and 20th Street.

1979 -- 25 years ago
Residents arrived in downtown Geneseo this morning to find a favorite family restaurant and coffee-break spot closed. The inside of the Iron Kettle Restaurant, 103 E. Exchange St., was ruined by a fire that apparently started near the kitchen. No one was inside the building when the blaze started, and no damage estimate was available late this morning.

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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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