Day in history for July 21, 2004

1854 -- 150 years ago
A cyclone last night blew down chimneys and ripped away roofs all over town. Lumber stacked in lumberyards was blown around like kindling wood. River waves damaged goods in stores. Four steamboats were nearly wrecked and one deckhand was swept away and lost. The cyclone cloud was accompanied by a deluge of hail.

1879 -- 125 years ago
A heavy iron bar has been placed across the door of the city jail in Rock Island Armory, so as to render escape by prisoners well-nigh impossible.

1904 -- 100 years ago
Anna Heusing, of the post office force, has been granted a month's leave of absence.

1929 -- 75 years ago
Athletes of the present and those of a quarter of a century ago gathered yesterday as school officials laid the cornerstone for the new $150,000 Rock Island Public Schools stadium.

1954 -- 50 years ago
Two flat cars loaded with combines buckled and partially turned over at 1:30 a.m. in a switching accident at the East Moline Works of International Harvester Co. At least one combine was damaged heavily and about 50 feet of train track was torn up.

1979 -- 25 years ago
An undercurrent of gossip, confusion and fear filtered through the LeClaire Hotel today. Plans by a Moline development firm to convert the downtown landmark into a federally subsidized housing complex for the elderly have left many longtime residents fearful of what the future may bring.

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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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