Day in history for July 8, 2004

1854 -- 150 years ago
The first college commencement in Iowa has taken place in Davenport. The class graduated from Iowa College was small in numbers but earnest of future prosperity.

1879 -- 125 years ago
During a big storm today the chimney of Broadway Presbyterian Church was blown down and the skylight in the armory drill hall was lost.

1904 -- 100 years ago
The male chorus of the University of Lund, Sweden, was entertained at a reception at Augustana College and a banquet in Manufacturers Hotel, Moline, where the chorus sang.

1929 -- 75 years ago
Two-thirds of Milan was flooded between 3 a.m. and noon today when Mill Creek again burst over its banks. Mr. and Mrs. George Griffin were rescued by neighbors after water poured into their house.

1954 -- 50 years ago
A plan for construction of a bridge over the Rock Island Lines railroad tracks in northwest Davenport was announced today. The bridge would cross the railroad tracks at a point where Lombard St. would intersect Crescent Ave. if Lombard St. was extended.

1979 -- 25 years ago
A hundred students enrolled in the 15th annual Spanish Summer School in Spain, sponsored by Augustana College, left Thursday for five weeks of study and will return Aug. 8. Dr. A. Arjibay Doreste, professor emeritus of Augustana, who founded the Spanish Summer School, is directing the program again this year.

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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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