Day in history for July 2, 2004

1854 -- 150 years ago
The New York Express made the 81 miles of straight track between Syracuse and Rochester at an average speed of 51 miles an hour. We do not know of any parallel speed to this in the history of American railroading.

1879 -- 125 years ago
Holmes Hakes was elected president of the Milan Paper Company. George M.D. Hakes is secretary and superintendent.

1904 -- 100 years ago
Rock Island County Democrats, holding their annual convention, adopted a resolution favoring nomination by open primary rather than by convention. John P. Sexton was elected Democratic County Chairman.

1929 -- 75 years ago
Mrs. Phoebe Omlie of Memphis took off from Moline Airport and set a new altitude record for women, 25,982 feet. She made the record in a Monocoupe plane, manufactured in Moline.

1954 -- 50 years ago
Equipment for the Quad-City Airport control tower began arriving at the field in preparation for the beginning of installation by the Civil Aeronautics Administration prior to July 15. Installation is expected to be completed by mid-October.

1979 -- 25 years ago
Thirteen years after it was formed, a trust fund organized by the late Mrs. Charles Deere Wiman still is proving to be a lifesaver for the people who operate Moline's Riverside Cemetery. The committee managing the assets of the Riverside Cemetery Endowment Association Trust this year purchased a variety of lawn-care tools.

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1864 — 150 years ago: Never in the history of Rock Island was there such a demand for houses as at present. Our city is suffering for the want of suitable tenement houses.

1889 — 125 years ago: The choir of Central Presbyterian Church presented a ladies concert under the direction of S.T. Bowlby.

1914 — 100 years ago: Miss Rosella Benson was elected president of the Standard Bearers of Spencer Memorial Methodist Church.

1939 — 75 years ago: Mrs. Nell Clapper was elected president of the Rock Island Business and Professional Women's Club.

1964 — 50 years ago: Gerald Hickman, of Seattle, Wash, will move his family to Rock Island to assume the position of produce buyer for the Eagle Food Center chain of food stores. This announcement was made today by Bernard Weindruch, president of Eagles.

1989 — 25 years ago: Care & Share, formed in 1984 to provide food to jobless and needy Quad-Citians, will disband because the major part of a crisis created by plant closings is over. Food for the needy is still necessary. So groups separately will continue to raise money and collect food.




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