Day in history for June 30, 2004

1854 -- 150 years ago
The services of two steamers, the J. McKee and the Ben Campbell, have been engaged to bring people from river cities to Rock Island and Davenport celebrations of the Fourth of July.

1879 -- 125 years ago
A lawsuit over right-of-way between C.B. And Q. railroad and Williams, White And Co., Moline, has been settled by compromise. The company will receive $750 and will tear down its wall, in order to give the railway unobstructed right-of-way within 10 days.

1904 -- 100 years ago
A circus performer was taken from a train here when he became semi-conscious. His face was broken out and Dr. G.G. Craig, Jr. diagnosed the illness as smallpox. The patient was taken to the city pest house when the railroad agreed to pay the bill for his care.

1929 -- 75 years ago
At a public hearing on what to do about Milan's floods, the proposal was made that the federal government double its proposed appropriation to change the course of Mill Creek.

1954 -- 50 years ago
A revolutionary road-laying machine, designed and built by the Quad-City Construction Co., 644 25th Ave., Rock Island, is making road-building history.

1979 -- 25 years ago
Former East Moline basketball coach Ernie Kivisto has been named National High School Athletic Coaches Association boys basketball coach of the year. The 57-year-old Kivisto is the youngest coach ever to win the national honor.

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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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