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: A fine lumber mill is on the course of erection at Andalusia. A flouring mill at that location is doing a fine business.
1889 — 125 years ago: J.B. Lidders, past captain of Beardsley Camp, Sons of Veterans, returned from Paterson, N.Y., where he attended the National Sons of Veterans encampments.
1914 — 100 years ago: President Wilson announced that he had received from the imperial chancellor of Germany a noncommittal reply to his inquiry into a report that the emperor was willing to discuss terms of peace.
1939 — 75 years ago: Delegates at the Illinois Conference of the Methodist Church in Springfield voted to raise the minimum pay of ministers so that every pastor would get at least $1,000 annually.
1964 — 50 years ago: An audience of more than 2,600 persons jammed into the Davenport RKO Orpheum theater with a shoe horn feasted on a Miller-Diller evening that was a killer night. Phyllis Diller sent the audience with her offbeat humor. And send them she did! It was Miss Diller's third appearance in the Quad-Cities area.
1989 — 25 years ago: A few years ago, a vacant lot on 7th Avenue and 14th Street in Rock Island was a community nuisance. Weeds grew as high 18 inches. Today, the lot has a new face, thanks to Michael and Sheila Rind and other neighbors who helped them turn it into a park three weeks ago.





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