Day in history for December 30, 2004

1854 -- 150 years ago
Lemuel Andrews of Rock Island and Ebenezer Cook of Davenport are among the directors re-elected to the board of the Chicago And Rock Island Railroad.

1879 -- 125 years ago
Teachers say they never knew a time when there was so much throat trouble among the scholars as now. It is a good thing the Christmas vacation is a long one.

1904 -- 100 years ago
John B. McConnell, manager of the St. Joseph, Mo., team in the Western baseball league has been placed under contract to manage the Rock Island club in the Three-I League in 1905.

1929 -- 75 years ago
The Rev. H.G. First was elected commander of the John Buford Post of the GAR.

1954 -- 50 years ago
Snow falling from the roof of the building knocked two holes in the aluminum canopy over the entrance of McCabe's Department Store, 1713 3rd Ave., Rock Island, last night.

1979 -- 25 years ago
Al LaMothe has an alternative to money. LaMothe, of Coal Valley, has been trying to interest friends and neighbors in starting a bartering publication where they could publicize what they are willing to swap for goods and services they need. LaMothe, a skilled furniture maker, wants to trade his skills for plumbing services, destistry work, anything at all his family needs.

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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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