Day in history for July 26, 2004

1854 -- 150 years ago
George W. Pleasants Esq. has been elected school commissioner of the county, to succeed J.W. Churchill, who resigned. Since all citizens had agreed on naming Pleasants, no voters bothered to go to the polls in most precincts. All of Pleasants' 95 votes were cast in Rock Island, Edgington and Hampton districts.

1879 -- 125 years ago
Emil Koehler was wounded when Jacob Huber's gun accidentally discharged as the two men were hunting. Dr. S.C. Plummer amputated Koehler's right arm.

1904 -- 100 years ago
J. Hayes Robinson, mandolinist, will be the concert attraction at the Rock Island Club tomorrow night.

1929 -- 75 years ago
Rock Island Manufacturing Co. has spent $125,000 to improve its plants and has added 100 men to the force.

1954 -- 50 years ago
Conversations with wholesale tobacconists in Rock Island have revealed that cigarette sales may have slipped, but ever so slightly. One tobacco dealer said his cigarette sales are back to normal after a drop during January, February and March due to the reports linking smoking with cancer.

1979 -- 25 years ago
A good set of feet and legs plus height and length was what Dennis Loenser was looking for when he judged the open class sheep breeding stock competition at the Rock Island County Fair Tuesday. This is the first year he has been a judge at the Rock Island County Fair.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: The ferry boat, Rock Island, having been put in good order at the boat yard is now making her regular trips, much to the gratification of those who have to cross the river.
1889 -- 125 years ago: W.J. Gamble, for many years superintendent of the Moline & Rock Island railway, leased the Fourth Avenue Hotel and renovated and refurnished it throughout.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Pending the building of new public schools or additions to the present ones to provide adequate room for all the children, the board of education decided that pupils younger than 6 years old would not be accepted in Rock Island schools.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The fifth annual New Windsor Fair and Horse show, which has been delayed for two days because of unfavorable weather, got off to a new start last night. The parade was held this morning.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The Rock Island County Fair and Rodeo will celebrate its silver anniversary this year. The fair opens Tuesday and will run through Saturday and offers entertainment and activity for young and old.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Earl Hanson School, Rock Island, joins the Program to Assist Latch Key Student, which aids working parents. PALS is a before and after school program for grades 1-6 in certain Rock Island public and private schools.




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