Day in history for September 2, 2004

1854 -- 150 years ago
Sheriff Swander locked up a horse thief today. He was caught six miles from Davenport. The horse was stolen from Mr. Renshaw at Geneseo and he rode 200 miles looking for his horse before spotting it.

1879 -- 125 years ago
Mat Schlagel and son left today for Switzerland. They will be gone six months.

1904 -- 100 years ago
Sue Titterington left to do missionary work in Cuba.

1929 -- 75 years ago
The executive committee of the Illinois American Legion warned delegates not to engage in destructive horseplay at the forthcoming convention in Rock Island.

1954 -- 50 years ago
Thieves rifled two more newspaper street sales racks owned by the Moline Dispatch some time Wednesday night, according to a report made to police this morning. They took about $3 each from the small stands outside of Moline Elks Club and A And P Supermarket, and stole one of the racks.

1979 -- 25 years ago
Members of United Food and Commercial Workers District Local 431 went on strike early this morning at both the Davenport and Madison plants of Oscar Mayer And Co., after their contracts expired at midnight. It will be the first strike at the Davenport plant since 1947, when the plant was owned by Kohrs Packing Co. The union has been negotiating with Oscar Mayer since June for a new contract.

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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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