Day in history for April 30, 2004

1854 -- 150 years ago
William Herrick, S.B. Barker and G.D. Haywood have been authorized by the Rock Island City Council to build a gas works.

1879 -- 125 years ago
Miss Maggie Koch was injured in the hand and one eye when a rifle exploded at the Koch Gun Shop on 17th Street, Rock Island.

1904 -- 100 years ago
After two years of saloons, Andalusia has again voted itself dry.

1929 -- 75 years ago
Lester Allen Willetts, 3, died of diptheria. His was the first diptheria death in Rock Island in 16 months.

1954 -- 50 years ago
Fred MacMurray said that June Haver is redecorating a house he recently bought, but they still ``don't know'' when they will marry. (June is a former Rock Island resident.) Hollywood regards the match as heart-warming because both June and Fred had lost someone they loved. Fred's wife, Lillian, died a year ago, and June entered a convent for a brief period following the death of her fiance.

1979 -- 25 years ago
Two Burlington-Northern trains met head-on near Hillsdale Friday night, damaging both locomotives and derailing five empty railcars. Hillsdale police said a northbound freight met a southbound coal train about 11 p.m. at Canoe Creek Bridge, a half-mile south of Hillsdale. Police said the coal train was stopped, and a mixup in signals or switch malfunction kept the freight on the main track.

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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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