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: A new steamer, Keithsburg, now is at our levee taking on board the balance of her fixtures preparatory to assuming her position on the daily Rock Island and Keokuk line.
1889 -- 125 years ago: C.W. Hawes was appointed deputy county clerk by county clerk Donaldson.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Mrs. O.E. child, of Moline, was named president of the Women's Home Missionary Society of the Methodist Church Rock Island District of the Central Illinois conference.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Augustana College is making plans for a drive for funds to erect a field house and make football field improvements.
1964 -- 50 years ago: A expanded election coverage system featuring a 16-foot chalkboard showing up to the minute running totals, attracted a large and enthusiastic crowd to The Argus newsroom last night.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Balloons frame Rock Island attorney Stewart Winstein who was given a surprise party in the rotunda of the Rock Island County Courthouse on Thursday to honor his 50th year of practicing law.

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