Day in history for September 12, 2004

1854 -- 150 years ago
We notice a new sign on Eagle Street: A. Renfro, Furniture Dealer. Last July, Mr. Renfro met with a severe loss by fire. He is now trying to get started again. We hope he may receive a share of public patronage.

1879 -- 125 years ago
Broken in health by the death of two of his children from diphtheria on the same day, O.J. Dimick will sell his fine home on Aiken Street and move to Chicago.

1904 -- 100 years ago
Andrew Kempe is the new professor in the business department of Augustana College.

1929 -- 75 years ago
The chamber of commerce has hired engineers to make detailed surveys of possible sites for a Rock Island airport.

1954 -- 50 years ago
Thieves started to dig up two meters in the 1300 block on 6th Avenue, Moline, but were frightened away before they could carry away the concrete-anchored standards. Police said the amount of money in the meters wouldn't warrant the trouble involved in digging them up.

1979 -- 25 years ago
Mrs. Athel Young, formerly of Rock Island, died Sept. 5 in Clearwater, Fla. She was married to Murat B. ''Chic'' Young, who died in 1973. He created ''Blondie,'' a comic strip with world fame which has been syndicated by King Features since 1923. Their son, Dean, has continued the comic strip since his father's death.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: It is rumored in the streets that the 13 negroes sent to Quincy on the Moline quota were refused. We think this must be a mistake.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Harvey McKenna, of Detroit, billiard player matched to play Wizard Schafer in New York in January for the world championship, was a professional friend and manager, Billy Catton in Rock Island.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Levi Cralle, former Rock Island county sheriff, had come from his farm near Mitchell, S.D. to visit friends in the city.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Work is being rushed on the new high school building in Orion to replace the one destroyed by fire last winter. Classes are being held in churches.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Rehearsals for the 84th season of the Handel Oratorio Society chorus will begin at 7:30 p.m. Monday on the stage of Centennial Hall, Augustana College.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Rock Island City Council's plan announced this week to have the federal government vacate Valley Homes public housing and move residents to Arsenal Courts to reduce density may not be feasible.

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