Day in history for August 18, 2004

1854 -- 150 years ago
Why doesn't some enterprising man go out in the country to bring back a load of wild game? He could get any quantity of prairie chickens, which people are eager to buy.

1879 -- 125 years ago
Col. John Wood, well-known Democrat of New York, is visiting Rock Island. The last time he was here he was with the John Robinson circus. Since then he has been to Australia and has made considerable money.

1904 -- 100 years ago
Joe Petzel nearly drowned in the Mississippi near Rock Island while he was battling two catfish in his boat. The fish weighed around 50 and 75 pounds.

1929 -- 75 years ago
When Mrs. A.J. Gordon of Rock Island arrived in Portland, Ore., to visit her son, Glenn, 19, she was informed that he had been killed that evening in a logging camp accident. He was a star athlete of Rock Island High School and had completed one year at Oregon State.

1954 -- 50 years ago
When classroom doors open Sept. 7 for Moline Public Schools, enrollment is expected to top the 9,000 mark, with over 1,300 in high school and community college.

1979 -- 25 years ago
Workers and elderly residents of downtown Moline can heave a sigh of relief. The YWCA cafeteria at 1702 6th Ave. has been saved. A 36-year-old Moline man has stepped in to pick up where former cafeteria managers Francis and Margaret Shaw left off after 20 years of serving inexpensive and nourishing meals.

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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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