Day in history for June 7, 2004

1854 -- 150 years ago
The county court of commissioners, composed of Gould, Kistler and Holmes, has rejected the city of Rock Island's application for a license to operate a ferry. The commissioners last winter reportedly informed the Illinois legislature that a second ferry here is necessary.

1879 -- 125 years ago
Four orations were given and five essays were read at the commencement exercises for Rock Island High School seniors. The only floral decoration was in memory of Ella G. Keeley, a member of the class who died a few years ago.

1904 -- 100 years ago
The Liberty Bell, a historic relic of America's war for independence, was exhibited in Rock Island for half an hour today. The bell is being taken by special train to the world's fair at St. Louis.

1929 -- 75 years ago
Mrs. E.O. Hedberg, wife of a clergyman, was killed in an auto accident as she and her husband were attending the convention of the Augustana Lutheran Synod.

1954 -- 50 years ago
A long-standing sin was the inspiration for a letter to John Haasaker, former grocer and druggist in Moline. The anonymous writer explained to Haasaker that many years ago ''I stole $2 from you.'' Enclosed were four $1 bills, repayment in kind and an extra $2 for atonement.

1979 -- 25 years ago
A cafeteria window was broken and obscenities painted on the walls of Alleman High School, 1103 40th St., Rock Island, about 6:30 a.m. Friday.

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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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