Day in history for July 19, 2004

1854 -- 150 years ago
Horseback mail between Rock Island and Keithsburg will be limited to one round-trip per week until receipts from the route increase sufficiently to permit more frequent service.

1879 -- 125 years ago
Some sawmill hands have gone back to work, accepting the 11-hour day. Companies said the average pay is $1.52 a day, not $1.25 as stated by the strikers.

1904 -- 100 years ago
Mrs. Lucian Adams, wife of the former county judge, died. Born in Ohio, she came to Rock Island in 1869.

1929 -- 75 years ago
A Milan man, deported to Canada for illegal practice of medicine, has been barred permanently from entering the United States.

1954 -- 50 years ago
Rock Island is on the map as far as Life magazine is concerned. The July 19th issue of the magazine sets Rock Island as the western terminal for present and proposed toll roads. The map of the toll road system accompanies an article ''The Long, Long Road.''

1979 -- 25 years ago
June Haver, the Rock Island girl who made it big in the movies in the 1940's, and her well-known actor husband, Fred MacMurray, will be here for the pro-am portion of the Quad-Cities Open golf tournament. Memories of June's heyday in the movies were revived in 1977. In renovating the old Fort Theater, it was discovered that June's footprints are in front of the theater, set in a square of concrete bordered by blue and white mosaic tiles.

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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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