Day in history for July 23, 2004

1854 -- 150 years ago
We are watching with interest the great enterprise of Methodist churches to establish a North Western University in the vicinity of Chicago. The committee reports $249,659 in resources.

1879 -- 125 years ago
Third Avenue, between 17th and 18th Street, Rock Island, was macadamized yesterday.

1904 -- 100 years ago
When the Cedar Rapids baseball team beat Rock Island 12 to 0, manager Kohley Miller, displeased by a decision, threw the ball over the fence. Fined $5, he hit the umpire and was ejected from the game. It was a bad day all around for Rock Island fans.

1929 -- 75 years ago
Valentine Casier, 38, Moline, is the first victim of the present heat wave in the Tri-Cities. He was overcome while at work in a factory.

1954 -- 50 years ago
A barn was destroyed by fire at the Dale Sieben farm, 4 miles north of Geneseo, last night. Damages were estimated at $8,000. Ora Merriman, a neighbor residing about a half mile south of the Sieben farm, first noticed the fire and with the assistance of Danny Sieben, age 11, son of Mr. and Mrs. Dale Sieben, was successful in driving 140 head of hogs from the burning structure.

1979 -- 25 years ago
Fifteen prize rabbits valued at $200 were stolen in Moline. A witness told police they saw two or three female juveniles enter the yard of Jack Madden, 529 5th Ave., Moline, and walk off with the rabbits.

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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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