Day in history for January 29, 2004

1854 -- 150 years ago
The Illinois Agriculture Society prefers Springfield as the site for the 1854 state fair and is willing to accept only $1,000 if Sprinfield will bid. Any other city which might want the fair must bid $3,000.

1879 -- 125 years ago
On Saturday 1,660 sleighs and wagons crossed on the ice.

1904 -- 100 years ago
Mrs. Jonas Bear, wife of the pioneer clothing merchant of Rock Island, died in her home at 605 18th St.

1929 -- 75 years ago
Jack Story, 24-year-old mail pilot, leaped by parachute from his plane in a blinding snowstorm and landed safely in north Davenport.

1954 -- 50 years ago
During 1953, Rock Island gained 400 new telephones and 2,900 miles of wire in cable, H.J. Osborne, manager of the Rock Island office of the Illinois Bell Telephone Co., said today. In addition, a large amount of new dial equipment to provide for future growth also was put into service early in 1953. It increased Rock Island's telephone capacity by 703.

1979 -- 25 years ago
Reinhold Kirschenmann of East Moline has history in his sight. It might even be said he's watching the world go by. Kirschenmann collects eyeglasses. He has about 300 on display in his office at Moody Optical Co., where he is co-owner with George Woeber. Kirschenmann also collects small optical tools. Kirschenmann's collection includes some turn-of-the-century frames, first made by blacksmiths and later by silversmiths.

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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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