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 learn that it is a contemplation to start a paper mill in Rock Island during the summer by a gentleman from the East.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The gates of Oklahoma were swung open at noon today, and a throng of more than 30,000 settlers started over its soil.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Iowa Coliseum Co. was incorporated with $40,000 capital and planned a building on 4th Street between Warren and Green streets in Davenport.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans are being discussed for resurfacing the streets in the entire downtown district of Rock Island.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Some 45 jobs will be created at J.I. Case Co.'s Rock Island plant in a expansion of operations announced yesterday afternoon at the firm's headquarters in Racine, Wis.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Gardeners and farmers cheered, but not all Quad-Citians found joy Saturday as more than an inch of rain fell on the area. Motorists faced dangerous, rain-slick roads as the water activated grease and grime that had built up during dry weather.








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