Day in history for May 13, 2005

1855 -- 150 years ago
A Peoria newspaper announced the discovery of a vein of blacksmith's coal near the city.

1880 -- 125 years ago
The play, ''The Celebrated Case'' appeared at the Harper Theater.

1905 -- 100 years ago
Albert Charles Dart, a resident here for nearly 50 years, died. He was president of Henry Dart's Sons Co.

1930 -- 75 years ago
Curt Chelstrom, freshman from Chicago, pitched a no-hit, no-run game for Augustana against Western State Teachers College of Macomb on the Augie diamond.

1955 -- 50 years ago
Charles Deere Wiman, 63, president of Deere And Co. and a great-grandson of John Deere, founder of the extensive farm implement manufacturing concern, died last night in Tucson, Ariz., after an extended illness. Mr. Wiman went to Tucson several months ago in an effort to regain his health.

1980 -- 25 years ago
Thieves stole $2,000 worth of plumber tools over the weekend from an East Moline construction site. Gerald W. Van De Woestyne, Geneseo, told East Moline police that thieves broke a lock on his toolbox kept over the weekend at the Deerfield Woods apartment complex.

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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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