Day in history for June 13, 2004

1854 -- 150 years ago
Joseph Smith, Jr., son of the Prophet, is a sub-contractor on the Warsaw and Rockford railroad, having a section south of Nauvoo, upon which he is now working.

1879 -- 125 years ago
The Rock Island and Peoria railroad elected the following Rock Island men as officers: P.L. Cable, president; R.R. Cable, vice president; Cornelius Lynde, secretary; Joseph Gaskell, treasurer.

1904 -- 100 years ago
Sad news has been received of the death in Colorado Springs of Louise, wife of John N. Eklund, a well-known former Moline resident.

1929 -- 75 years ago
The 15 teachers who served the longest in Rock Island were voted a salary increase of $100 each. All had previously attained the maximum of $1,500 annually.

1954 -- 50 years ago
Climbing of a Rock Island water tank at 4:30 a.m. resulted in $10 fines for two youths in Rock Island police court. Patrolmen James Aversing and Darrell G. Reynolds were dispatched to the water tank at 14th St. and 42nd Ave. after police received complaints from nearby residents that the youths climbing activities made such a noise that they couldn't sleep.

1979 -- 25 years ago
Moline, Kansas, population 598, will celebrate its centennial June 30. Some citizens may take a moment for special tribute to a John Deere plow salesman who arrived in 1879 with his wares and the name of his hometown in Illinois. He left the latter with Moline's founders.

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1864 — 150 years ago: Never in the history of Rock Island was there such a demand for houses as at present. Our city is suffering for the want of suitable tenement houses.

1889 — 125 years ago: The choir of Central Presbyterian Church presented a ladies concert under the direction of S.T. Bowlby.

1914 — 100 years ago: Miss Rosella Benson was elected president of the Standard Bearers of Spencer Memorial Methodist Church.

1939 — 75 years ago: Mrs. Nell Clapper was elected president of the Rock Island Business and Professional Women's Club.

1964 — 50 years ago: Gerald Hickman, of Seattle, Wash, will move his family to Rock Island to assume the position of produce buyer for the Eagle Food Center chain of food stores. This announcement was made today by Bernard Weindruch, president of Eagles.

1989 — 25 years ago: Care & Share, formed in 1984 to provide food to jobless and needy Quad-Citians, will disband because the major part of a crisis created by plant closings is over. Food for the needy is still necessary. So groups separately will continue to raise money and collect food.

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