Prophetstown product Russ Damhoff scored the 500th victory of his college coaching career Thursday, a 91-60 by Sauk Valley Community College against Black Hawk East. Damhoff has spent all 27 seasons of his coaching career at SVCC, taking the job in 1986. The 1982 Northern Illinois grad has coached one Region IV champion (2002-03), a pair of Arrowhead Conference champs (1989 and 1991), three All-Americans and five Academic All-Americans. Damhoff now has a 500-338 all-time record. "I think about all the great players and the special teams that I have had the opportunity to coach, that is special,'' Damhoff said. "And, my wife (Jackie) has been there with me through all of them, that is special, too. But with coaching, the most important thing is this team right now, and we opened conference with a win, so that's what matters most.''
Today is Friday, April 25, the 115th day of 2014. There are 250 days left in the year.
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.