Day in history for July 29, 2004

1854 -- 150 years ago
A 4-story business building has been started by Charles Buford and a 3-story one by Bailey And Boyle. Ainsworth And Lynde are building a brick warehouse for forwarding railroad and steamboat freight on commission.

1879 -- 125 years ago
Among those returning from Island Wild, popular summer resort for Rock Island people, is C.W. Negus. He visited Chicago on his way home.

1904 -- 100 years ago
Mr. and Mrs. Charles McHugh and daughter Elizabeth have anchored their houseboat Rambler at Petersen's Island below this city and will remain three weeks. They invite their friends to visit them on the boat.

1929 -- 75 years ago
A homeless transient who said he is 103 years old has been given shelter at the Rock Island Rescue Mission.

1954 -- 50 years ago
The citizens of the Geneseo Community Unit School District approved bond issues totaling $298,000 at an election Wednesday. A total of 2,277 votes were cast, the second largest vote cast in a school election since the organization of the unit district.

1979 -- 25 years ago
When the dust clears this fall, an expanded Esterdahl Mortuary, 1216 5th Ave., Moline, will be able to offer two simultaneous funerals and total building accessibility for the handicapped. Steps throughout the century-old funeral home will be replaced by ramps and the front door entrance will be moved to ground level on the building's north side.

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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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