Day in history for January 23, 2004

1854 -- 150 years ago
L.M. Webber has been improving his store until it is the most beautiful store in Rock Island. He started on Monday for New York to buy goods for the spring trade.

1879 -- 125 years ago
Mr. and Mrs. John A. Boyer always are doing the handsome thing by the Baptist church. Their latest donation is a parsonage. The church already had received $7,000 from them.

1904 -- 100 years ago
The rear portion of the Mitchell And Lynde bank building will be remodeled. That part of the building in the past has housed the post office, the express office and the city library.

1929 -- 75 years ago
The Rev. Clement P. O'Neill, for 15 years rector of Sacred Heart Catholic Church, died following an operation.

1954 -- 50 years ago
The trials and tribulations of raising mink were described by Rollo Clason, operator of a mink ranch on the Knoxville Road south of Milan, in a speech to the Exchange Club at Glenn Moore's Tap in Moline. Last December, Clason marketed more than a thousand pelts, averaging about $30 a pelt for his product.

1979 -- 25 years ago
A caravan of about 250 tractors and American Agriculture Movement vehicles is expected to arrive in the Quad-Cities as it winds its way slowly toward the nation's capital. The group hopes to persuade legislatures to support higher farm prices. AAM officials say they will stay tonight at the K-Mart parking lot in Iowa City and if the weather holds, spend Tuesday night somewhere around John Deere in the Quad-Cities.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: After Sept. 1, every small box of matches will be required to have a 3 cent duty Lincoln stamp on it, and every large box will be one cent for every 100 matches.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Rock Island residents had contributed a total of $1,293 to the American Red Cross for the Johnstown flood relief fund.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Capt. Clark Means, new darkhorse twirler for the ARGUS staff, was in great form in his initial contest as a mound laborer. The result was that THE ARGUS trimmed the Union 6-5.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Hunter and Humprey Moody, young Decatur, Ill, brothers, lack only a few hours of establishing a new world light plane endurance record.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Gates of the 110th annual Mercer County Fair swing open tonight at Aledo for a full week of day and night activity. More that $36,000 will be paid in premiums and race purses.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The baseball field carved out of the cornfield near Dyersville, Iowa, continues to keep dreams alive for hundreds of visitors. Tourists from 26 state and France have visited Dan Lansing's farm to see the baseball diamond seen in the hit movie "Field of Dreams."






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