Day in history for July 14, 2004

1854 -- 150 years ago
The Blakely Orchestral Chorus Company has arrived and will give a concert tomorrow evening in the courthouse. We are requested to say that the sawdust will be removed from the floor of the courthouse, in order that it will be in perfect order for ladies, as well as gentlemen. Tobacco chewers must refrain from spitting on the floor.

1879 -- 125 years ago
Sawmill workers of Rock Island and Moline are striking for a 10-hour day and no reduction in pay. They say they now work 11 hours a day for $1.25 a day.

1904 -- 100 years ago
Otto Huber has returned from a visit to the world's fair in St. Louis.

1929 -- 75 years ago
B.C. (Buck) Wheat today succeeded Walter Genin as manager of the Rock Island baseball team, which is in last place in the Mississippi Valley League.

1954 -- 50 years ago
Dean Stone of Silvis, rookie pitcher for the Washington Senators and an East Moline High School grad, took a big step forward on the path to fame when he was declared the winning pitcher in the National League-American League All-Star game at Cleveland. The former area prepster pulled his tour of duty during the eighth inning of the contest, won by the AL's All-Stars, 11-9.

1979 -- 25 years ago
Friday the 13th went out with style in the Quad-Cities area, with a tornado watch, flash floods and downed power lines.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: The ferry boat, Rock Island, having been put in good order at the boat yard is now making her regular trips, much to the gratification of those who have to cross the river.
1889 -- 125 years ago: W.J. Gamble, for many years superintendent of the Moline & Rock Island railway, leased the Fourth Avenue Hotel and renovated and refurnished it throughout.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Pending the building of new public schools or additions to the present ones to provide adequate room for all the children, the board of education decided that pupils younger than 6 years old would not be accepted in Rock Island schools.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The fifth annual New Windsor Fair and Horse show, which has been delayed for two days because of unfavorable weather, got off to a new start last night. The parade was held this morning.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The Rock Island County Fair and Rodeo will celebrate its silver anniversary this year. The fair opens Tuesday and will run through Saturday and offers entertainment and activity for young and old.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Earl Hanson School, Rock Island, joins the Program to Assist Latch Key Student, which aids working parents. PALS is a before and after school program for grades 1-6 in certain Rock Island public and private schools.




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