Day in history for May 11, 2004

1854 -- 150 years ago
Rock Island County men who were soldiers during the War of 1812 have adopted a resolution recommending that the national government establish an arsenal on Rock Island.

1879 -- 125 years ago
The liquor question continues to divide towns bitterly. In Cordova, saloons now must pay a $300 license fee, a hint they are not wanted. In Zuma Township, the people have decided by vote not to let temperance lecturers use the church.

1904 -- 100 years ago
Miss Lucy Brennan, representing Rock Island High School, won first place in a four-state oratorical contest held in Minneapolis.

1929 -- 75 years ago
Rock Island defeated Davenport 18 to 7 in its opening home game in the Mississippi Valley Professional Baseball League.

1954 -- 50 years ago
Residents of the Blue Grass area were asked to be on the watch for a fox that may be rabid and to report to the sheriff's office immediately if any stock has been bitten. The search for the fox was started after Mrs. Herman Steffen reported that a fox bit and tore her dress while she was visiting with Mrs. Perry Cooper at the Cooper home near Blue Grass.

1979 -- 25 years ago
The snow-removal efforts at the Quad City Airport, which closed down only once all winter, were recognized at the annual International Aviation Snow Symposium held last week in Allentown, Pa. The airport was one of two given honorable mention for its snow-fighting efforts.

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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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