Day in history for July 6, 2004

1854 -- 150 years ago
Illinois veterans of the War of 1812 met in Aurora on the Fourth of July to discuss the pension bill now before Congress. The old soldiers are asking for free land. About 20 Rock Island County veterans met in Bowling's Grove, near Camden (Milan), to hear oration by John A. Chandler, Esq.

1879 -- 125 years ago
The Sylvan Boat Club racers of Moline won two rowing races at the Dixon regatta.

1904 -- 100 years ago
Mrs. Julia Spencer Robinson has given the Rock Island Public Library an oil painting of Rock Island and Moline as seen in 1844 by an artist J.C. Wild.

1929 -- 75 years ago
The Rock Island Real Estate Board has endorsed the proposed city zoning ordinance following its revision.

1954 -- 50 years ago
Rock Island police found the ''most backward driver of the year'' early this morning. Ronald D. Hammond, 22, Davenport, was spotted driving his car for three blocks in reverse. He was stopped at 23rd Street and 3rd Avenue where he explained that part of his steering mechanism had dropped off, preventing him from driving forward.

1979 -- 25 years ago
Residents along the 4600 block of 51st Avenue were complaining not too long ago that their road was too dusty, so South Moline Township officials poured $300 worth of oil on the street. But that created an even stickier problem, they say, claiming too much oil was used and it's ruining cars, clothes and carpeting.

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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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