Day in history for June 1, 2004

1854 -- 150 years ago
School children of Rock Island (two train cars full) took a pleasure excursion to Geneseo today. They carried banners. The girls were tastefully dressed. Geneseo students joined in the festivities in a park.

1879 -- 125 years ago
Probably the largest raft of logs ever brought down the Mississippi has passed Rock Island, bound for Muscatine. The raft, brought down from the Wisconsin Pineries by the steamer Ben Hershey, is 530 feet long and 310 feet wide.

1904 -- 100 years ago
Results of a high school track and field meet held at the Ninth Street park here: Rock Island, 74 1/2 points; Davenport, 32 1/2; Moline, 27.

1929 -- 75 years ago
An auto carrying 10 young people plunged 20 feet into an excavation at the crest of the Carbon Cliff hill on the 23rd Avenue road southeast of Moline at a point where the grade of the hill had been cut down preparatory to paving. John T. Hogan of Chicago, a St. Ambrose College student, was killed. Nine others were injured.

1954 -- 50 years ago
A fire of undetermined origin burned out the interior of the rear storeroom at Mildred's Ice Cream Store, 1522 15th St., Moline, and caused damage which may run as high as $20,000.

1979 -- 25 years ago
Illinois is considering locating a 200-bed minimum security prison and a 50-bed work release center on the East Moline Mental Health Center grounds.

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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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