Day in history for July 3, 2004

1854 -- 150 years ago
Immigrants are pouring into St. Louis at a rate of 1,000 per week. Most come from Germany. About half stay and the rest scatter.

1879 -- 125 years ago
Fire destroyed Linnehan's Feed Store at 6th Avenue and 15th Street, Rock Island, and also burned down the neighboring homes of Patrick Mulligan and E.D. Nicholson.

1904 -- 100 years ago
Two hundred molders of the Rock Island Stove Company picnicked at Grand Isle, making the trip in the steamer J.A. Whitney.

1929 -- 75 years ago
Citizens of Moline voted 2,409 to 817 to take over Moline Airport as a municipal installation and to maintain it by taxes.

1954 -- 50 years ago
An 11-year-old Moline boy who spent his carefully hoarded savings of $6.90 for contraband fireworks lost everything Thursday afternoon. Police seized the large cache of explosives and the boy and his parents have been ordered in to discuss the case with Policewoman Geneva Dunderberg. Illinois law bans the use of all types of fireworks, except cap pistols.

1979 -- 25 years ago
Feeling sad? Feeling blue? The Quad-City Arts Council has the cure for you. It's dial-a-poem, a new service that's drawn about 100 calls weekly since it was launched in March. Those who call hear a tape recording of local poets reading their latest works and then hear council staff artist Lloyd Schoeneman read a list of upcoming events.

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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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