Day in history for September 29, 2004

1854 -- 150 years ago
A lot on the corner opposite the Graham House in Rock Island was sold at auction today for $2,985. The terms were unusually severe, gold or silver on the spot. Had the terms been reasonably liberal, the lot would have brought at least 25 percent more.

1879 -- 125 years ago
The Rev. A.B. Allen, new rector of Trinity Episcopal Church, arrived with his family last night.

1904 -- 100 years ago
Stewart Marquis was elected president of the Rock Island YMCA Juniors. Carl Thode was elected vice president.

1929 -- 75 years ago
Robert and Edward Hoffman, brothers, together have worked 108 years for Henry Dart's Sons wholesale grocery house, which is going out of business in Rock Island.

1954 -- 50 years ago
Second prize of a $50 U.S. savings bond was won by Bill Wilkens, 16, Rock Island, in the divisional finals of the 10th annual national employ-the-physically handicapped week poster contest in Chicago.

1979 -- 25 years ago
Motorists still could be annoyed waiting at blocked railroad crossings in about 314 places in the Quad-Cities area, but they have the satisfaction of knowing there is a new state law which boost fines for blocking intersections. Trains caught blocking crossings for 10 minutes or longer, now will have to pay a minimum fine of $200.

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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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