Day in history for July 4, 2004

1854 -- 150 years ago
Blakely Orchestral Chorus Company has arrived in our city and will give one of their unrivaled concerts this evening at the courthouse. We would advise our citizens to avail themselves of this opportunity of hearing fine music.

1879 -- 125 years ago
The Reporter is the name of a newspaper started at Reynolds by J.R. Harrick.

1904 -- 100 years ago
Mr. and Mrs. E.R. Maloney have gone to St. Louis to make a two-week visit at the exposition.

1929 -- 75 years ago
James F. Witter was elected for the fifth time as president of the Rock Island Board of Education.

1954 -- 50 years ago
Several Rock Island and Moline buildings will be featured in the July issue of Architecture and Design. The entire issue of the magazine is devoted to the work of Swanson and Maiwald, Moline, architects and engineers. The magazine will include a sketch of the proposed new Moline Senior High School.

1979 -- 25 years ago
The ring on Brad C. Hanson's finger never meant more than it does today. Hanson lost the ring 11 years ago. He was duck hunting in a marshy lake near Columbus, Ind., when he noticed the ring had slipped from his finger. A girl walking along a beach this spring near where he was hunting came to his rescue. Inscribed on the still shiny ring were Hanson's initials, the name of the college and the year he graduated.

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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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