Day in history for September 22, 2004

1854 -- 150 years ago
G.D. Hayward And Co. have hired the building formerly occupied by Hurst's Ice Cream Parlor, and will retail gas fixtures, lamps, etc.

1879 -- 125 years ago
Workmen excavating for the new boiler room at Deere And Co. unearthed a human skeleton, believed to have been in the ground four years. Identity of the skeleton remains a mystery.

1904 -- 100 years ago
A Pittsburgh company is interested in a deposit of sand found on the old M.L.T. Sturgeon farm southwest of Andalusia. The sand may be used for glass making.

1929 -- 75 years ago
Major C.L. Hall of the Rock Island District of U.S. Engineers received applications for $250,000 in flood relief dikes at New Boston.

1954 -- 50 years ago
Passengers aboard the S.S. Delta Queen, luxury river cruiser, are making the best of being ''marooned'' in the Quad-Cities area while the vessel undergoes emergency repairs at the Rock Island levee.

1979 -- 25 years ago
Moline's Montgomery Elevator Co. is making a $7 million step into the future and taking 55 million air travelers along for the ride. That's the price tag on the single largest contract the firm has ever received, calling for construction of a unique system of underground escalators and ''people-movers'' at Atlanta's futuristic $327 million airport.

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