Day in history for January 28, 2004

1854 -- 150 years ago
The Illinois Agriculture Society has voted to hold the 1854 state fair in whatever city will pay $3,000 to get the fair.

1879 -- 125 years ago
Conductors and brakemen of the Rock Island Lines henceforth will be paid by the mile. Their wages have been $45 to $70 a month.

1904 -- 100 years ago
Rock Island will be favored with three boats a week of the Diamond Jo Line during the coming season. It is the opinion of river men that steamboats will have all the passengers they can handle when the World's Fair in St. Louis opens.

1929 -- 75 years ago
Police acted to stop card games and gambling devices in cigar stores, soft-drink bars and billiard rooms.

1954 -- 50 years ago
A Des Moines-Chicago United Air Lines plane made an unscheduled stop at Quad City Airport after trouble developed in its port motor and it had to be cut out. The pilot, using the power in the remaining engine, made a perfect landing.

1979 -- 25 years ago
United by shared services and a common border along Illinois 84, Colona and Green Rock voters went to the polls in April 1968 to decide whether to join into one community. Henry County officials finally agreed to put the measure on the ballot on Jan. 29, 1968, 11 years ago this week. Colona voters rejected it by an 82-vote margin. Green Rock voters were in favor by 45 votes. Residents and officials still speculate whether another attempt will be made to merge the two towns.

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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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