Day in history for May 8, 2004

1854 -- 150 years ago
Everyday strangers come to The Argus to inquire about houses to rent or boarding houses. Not finding anything, they buy lumber and throw up a shanty to live in until they can build a house. There are a great number of such tent-like houses all around us. There are not half enough houses, boarding houses and hotels.

1879 -- 125 years ago
There is a so-called crazy man who goes about Washington crying out to every man who looks like an office holder: ''Quit stealing, quit stealing.''

1904 -- 100 years ago
T.P. Laflin, owner of a Rock Island livery stable, David Matthews and F.N. Rouse of the Milan area went to Springfield to attend the first good roads convention ever held in Illinois.

1929 -- 75 years ago
International Harvester Company will build a second large warehouse on its site in East Moline.

1954 -- 50 years ago
Ever examine Honey Creek, which empties into the Mississippi River from Campbell's Island upstream from the John Deere Harvester Works, East Moline? If you have, lately, you've been amazed at the oily mess that drains into the Mississippi from this pollution source.

1979 -- 25 years ago
Fire erupted near a hydrogen tank storage area at the Quad-City Nuclear Generating Station late this morning, but Cordova firemen quickly extinguished the blaze, fire officials said. There are all kinds of rumors that there is a hydrogen fire, but that's not true.

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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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