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.

Back: Available days in July 2004



Local events heading








  Today is Saturday, April 19, the 109th day of 2014. There are 256 days left in the year.

1864 -- 150 years ago: Miss McCorkindale has opened millinery rooms over Gimbel's dry goods store, where she offers a choice lot of millinery goods, which she will manufacture to order.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The little South Park Presbyterian chapel celebrated it first Easter decorated with flowers for an afternoon worship service attended by a large congregation.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Wennerberg Chorus of Augustana College has returned from a 2,000-mile tour in the Eastern states and Illinois.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Col. Charles Lindbergh has stated that he is convinced that Germany's air force is equal to the combined sky fleets of her potential European foes.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Small gas motors may be permitted on boats in the lake to be built in Loud Thunder Forest Preserve. The prospect was discussed yesterday at a meeting of the Rock Island County Forest Preserve Commission.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The annual Dispatch/Rock Island Argus Spelling Bee continues to be a family tradition. Ed Lee, an eighth-grader at John Deere Junior High School, Moline, is the 1989 spelling bee champion from among 49 top spellers in Rock Island, Henry and Mercer counties. He advances to the competition in Washington, D.C. Runnerup was Ed's sister, Susan.






(More History)