Day in history for November 24, 2004

1854 -- 150 years ago
Mayor Ben Harper said in his inaugural address that Rock Island has doubled in population within the past year and now is a city of 5,000 people.

1879 -- 125 years ago
Two of the most highly esteemed members of Rock Island society were married last evening. The bride, Lucy Buford Harper, was elegantly attired in heavy white silk. In her hair were floral twigs. She was wed to Homer Jennings Lowrey.

1904 -- 100 years ago
The Elm Street electric car hit a Carse And Ohlweiler delivery wagon, injuring the driver, Scotty Schuelte.

1929 -- 75 years ago
Representatives of agencies decided to leave the question of revival of the Community Chest up to the board of directors and the Central Council of Social Agencies.

1954 -- 50 years ago
If the experience of the last several months is any criterion, Deere And Co. employees are the luckiest cribbage players in the land. Herman A. Heimbeck, Rock Island, joined the ranks of Deere men who recently have drawn perfect 29-point hands.

1979 -- 25 years ago
Charles Howell is a shy man, but when he talks of God and country, he shouts his faith to the world in brilliant colors that can never fade away. Howell is the artist who painted the big murals on the side of McKay's Plating, Hampton, and Hobby House Ceramics, East Moline.

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1864 — 150 years ago: Never in the history of Rock Island was there such a demand for houses as at present. Our city is suffering for the want of suitable tenement houses.

1889 — 125 years ago: The choir of Central Presbyterian Church presented a ladies concert under the direction of S.T. Bowlby.

1914 — 100 years ago: Miss Rosella Benson was elected president of the Standard Bearers of Spencer Memorial Methodist Church.

1939 — 75 years ago: Mrs. Nell Clapper was elected president of the Rock Island Business and Professional Women's Club.

1964 — 50 years ago: Gerald Hickman, of Seattle, Wash, will move his family to Rock Island to assume the position of produce buyer for the Eagle Food Center chain of food stores. This announcement was made today by Bernard Weindruch, president of Eagles.

1989 — 25 years ago: Care & Share, formed in 1984 to provide food to jobless and needy Quad-Citians, will disband because the major part of a crisis created by plant closings is over. Food for the needy is still necessary. So groups separately will continue to raise money and collect food.




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