Day in history for September 24, 2004

1854 -- 150 years ago
William Frizzell was elected chairman and Robert W. Smith, secretary, by the Democrats of Rock Island precinct. Delegates to the county convention include James G. Bohner, Lemuel Andrews, George Mixter, William Shearer, George Biddison and P.A. Whitaker.

1879 -- 125 years ago
The Argus carried a story about August Stuhr of Davenport, describing him as one of the most enthusiastic small animal fanciers in the state.

1904 -- 100 years ago
Miss Elizabeth Nott won the Arsenal Golf Club women's title, defeating Mrs. C.P. Skinner, 4 up 3.

1929 -- 75 years ago
John W. Minges was elected grand knight of Allouez council, Knights of Columbus.

1954 -- 50 years ago
A new program, calling for students to be in school and at work for alternate 16-week periods in order to help pay for the cost of their education, got under way this week at the Rock Island Arsenal and St. Ambrose College.

1979 -- 25 years ago
Dayton Eagle of Moline hooked a 54-pound king salmon at the Rivers Inlet off British Columbia recently. Eagle, a John Deere retiree, trailered to Blaine, Wash., and took his brother-in-law's 36-foot boat through the inland passage to the inlet. In addition to this fish taken on 20-pound test line, Eagle reported an abundance of oysters, clams and abalone.

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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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