Day in history for June 26, 2004

1854 -- 150 years ago
E.P. Reynolds, contractor for the grading for the railroad across the island of Rock Island, informs us that he will have the work completed and all his shanties removed from the island by next September.

1879 -- 125 years ago
Another tramp was run over by a train from which he was jumping last night at Moline. He also was brought to the tramp room of the Rock Island Armory. Three Rock Island doctors amputated his left leg but will wait until he gets stronger before removing his right leg.

1904 -- 100 years ago
Ralph Sheriff of Reynolds had the highest percentage in the competitive examination for the free scholarship at the University of Illinois to be granted to one student of Rock Island County.

1929 -- 75 years ago
The Farmall Works will be enlarged by the construction of two buildings and the adding of 1,000 workers.

1954 -- 50 years ago
Fire damage amounting to $400 was caused to exhaust fans in a truck belonging to the Iowa-Illinois Gas And Electric Co. The fire is reported to have been caused by a cigarette tossed among the paper cartons containing the fans in the rear of the truck.

1979 -- 25 years ago
Sterling Cosmetology School, a downtown Moline institution for 22 years, is moving to East Moline's 42nd Avenue. Ed and Carol Lasky, co-owners of the school, say they expect the building to be completed and to be moved in by mid-September or October.

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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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