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: 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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