Day in history for December 11, 2004

1854 -- 150 years ago
A new post office has been established at Mill Creek. It's on the Monmouth line. John W. Hynes Esq. has been appointed postmaster there.

1879 -- 125 years ago
Only one load of corn was offered for sale today in Rock Island's Market Square. The roads still are deep in mud and farmers are staying home.

1904 -- 100 years ago
Joseph Jefferson and Rip Van Winkle drew a large audience to the Illinois Theater last night.

1929 -- 75 years ago
President Hoover authorized the United States to sign an agreement for U.S. adherence to the world court at Geneva. The next step will be to ask Senate approval of the agreement.

1954 -- 50 years ago
What started out to be a hobby now has become a profitable sideline for Mrs. Arthur Sandberg of Hampton. She specializes in making doll clothes, stuffed dolls and repairing old dolls.

1979 -- 25 years ago
If a local cab owner's request is approved, taxi fares for Quad-Cities residents will go up 25 cents per trip as of Jan. 1. Robert Nourse, owner of Irish and Hart cabs, says he has filed notification of the increase with Davenport and Moline officials, and he plans to ask the Rock Island City Council for approval Monday night. If approved, the increase will push the minimum cost of a cab ride to $1.25 per trip.

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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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