Day in history for June 22, 2004

1854 -- 150 years ago
Rock Island leaders have decided not to join with Davenport in celebrating the Fourth of July, as previously planned. At a meeting of citizens at the courthouse last night, committees were appointed to select an orator for the day, a chaplain, a reader of the Declaration of Independence, and to plan a program of toasts.

1879 -- 125 years ago
M.D. Merrill, president of the Rock Island Board of Education, was reelected without opposition. He received 312 votes.

1904 -- 100 years ago
George Washington McCaskrin, campaigning for election to the legislature, entertained with a moving picture show, something new to most people, in Market Square Saturday evening.

1929 -- 75 years ago
County officers seized slot machines being used on the Rock Island-Davenport ferry.

1954 -- 50 years ago
Boating enthusiasts along the Mississippi River will have a new and well protected harbor when the basin now under construction at Andalusia is completed. When dredging is completed the harbor will measure 50 by 400 feet.

1979 -- 25 years ago
International Harvester introduced the world's largest and most productive hillside combine, the model 1470 Axial-Flow. The introduction took place in Spokane, Wash. Basic production models which will be built at IH's East Moline Plant will be shipped to Spokane for final assembly of the undercarriage, drive assembly and leveling system.

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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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