Day in history for August 24, 2004

1854 -- 150 years ago
William Russell has dug his own grave, planked it, and made his own tombstone, leaving nothing for his friends to do but deposit him when the time comes. At present the independent Mr. Russell is healthy.

1879 -- 125 years ago
George Buford of the Kansas City branch of the Buford Plow Works is visiting the home plant in Rock Island and with relatives.

1904 -- 100 years ago
John Crubaugh, pioneer railroad and bridge contractor, died. He was vice president of the Rock Island Savings Bank.

1929 -- 75 years ago
Dedication of a memorial in Black Hawk State Park to Rock River Rangers featured a meeting of the Rock Island County Old Settlers Association. The Rangers were 58 first settlers who organized to fight for the Quad-Cities area in the Black Hawk War of 1831-32.

1954 -- 50 years ago
Rock Island councilmen voted unanimously to consider a bid by the Illinois Bell Telephone Co. to lease new radio equipment for the city's police department. The bid, according to city purchasing officer Gordon A. Stearns, calls for payment of $224.54 per month for a 5-year period.

1979 -- 25 years ago
Moline's King Plaza has been sold for $1.6 million. The plaza, 3626 23rd Ave., includes a Geifman's Food Store, Kinney Shoes, Walgreens Drugs and other shops. It is now co-owned by the Central Life Assurance Co. of Des Moines and Tom Luksetich, a Dubuque investor.

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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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