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: Quite a number of Negroes have lately been brought here by abolition offers returning from the army in violation of the laws of the state.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Miss Tillie Denkmann, of Rock Island, was making plans to accompany a Davenport family on a tour of Europe.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The German advance into Belgium was going apparently without serious check. The American ambassador at Berlin published a denial of the charge that Americans had been ill-treated in Germany.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Seventy-two members of Rock Island High School's 1939 graduating class are preparing to enter college — 34 of them at Augustana.
1964 -- 50 years ago: One of the oldest buildings in Milan, which for a number of years has housed the Milan Hotel, will be razed to make way for a modern, two-story office structure.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Some are blaming it on the sudden influx of insects and the extreme humidity. Still others say the invasion was inspired by a recent movie. But whatever the reason, the Quad-Cities is swarming with bats.




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