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: We are informed by J.H. Hull that the reason the street sprinkler was not at work yesterday settling the dust on the streets, was because one of his horses was injured.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Bonnie McGregor, a fleet-footed stallion owned by S.W. Wheelock of this community, covered himself with glory at Lexington, Ky, when he ran a mile in 2:13 1/2. The horse's value was estimated as at least $50,000.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Troops are pouring into Paris to prepare for defense of the city. The German army is reported to be only 60 miles from the capital of France.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The German army has invaded Poland in undeclared warfare. Poland has appealed to Great Britain and France for aid.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Publication of a plant newspaper, the Farmall Works News, has been launched at the Rock Island IHC factory and replaces a managerial newsletter.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Officials predict Monday's Rock Island Labor Parade will be the biggest and best ever. Last minute work continues on floats and costumes for the parade, which steps off a 9:30 a.m.




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