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: The ferry boat, Rock Island, having been put in good order at the boat yard is now making her regular trips, much to the gratification of those who have to cross the river.
1889 -- 125 years ago: W.J. Gamble, for many years superintendent of the Moline & Rock Island railway, leased the Fourth Avenue Hotel and renovated and refurnished it throughout.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Pending the building of new public schools or additions to the present ones to provide adequate room for all the children, the board of education decided that pupils younger than 6 years old would not be accepted in Rock Island schools.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The fifth annual New Windsor Fair and Horse show, which has been delayed for two days because of unfavorable weather, got off to a new start last night. The parade was held this morning.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The Rock Island County Fair and Rodeo will celebrate its silver anniversary this year. The fair opens Tuesday and will run through Saturday and offers entertainment and activity for young and old.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Earl Hanson School, Rock Island, joins the Program to Assist Latch Key Student, which aids working parents. PALS is a before and after school program for grades 1-6 in certain Rock Island public and private schools.




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