Day in history for April 28, 2004

1854 -- 150 years ago
There is money to be made in raising flax. We believe it is considered a good crop for the seed alone.

1879 -- 125 years ago
The Sylvan Boat Club will send almost an entire new crew to the Keokuk races. Two of the Sylvans best men, it is feared, will be unable to row.

1904 -- 100 years ago
C.C. Swisher of Moline, Democratic party leader of this area, was pulled out of a train at Viola and was beaten insensible by four toughs. The motive for the attack is a mystery.

1929 -- 75 years ago
Rock Island YMCA track athletes placed first in Illinois and 15th in the nation.

1954 -- 50 years ago
The last of the steam powered locomotives in the Quad-Cities area, Burlington route engine No. 504, used in work as a yard engine, will retire tonight and will close another chapter in the fast decaying family of steam locomotives. Tomorrow a diesel powered unit will be on the job, doing the switching that has been faithfully accomplished by the 70-ton engine of the D-5 class over a period of many years.

1979 -- 25 years ago
A missionary of Rev. Sun Myung Moon's Unification Church was charged with theft by deception and unlawful use of weapons in Rock Island. Rock Island police say two members of the Korean-based church were seeking donations for the church and implying proceeds would benefit Rock Island's Youth Guidance Council. Both were arrested, but one was released later.

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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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