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: 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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