Day in history for June 11, 2004

1854 -- 150 years ago
The county board has ordered the erection of a fireproof building for the safekeeping of circuit and county court records. The building also will provide a courtroom for the county judge.

1879 -- 125 years ago
Telegraph dispatches announce the probable appointment of Congressman J.B. Hawley of Rock Island as Secretary of War, but his selection was immediately opposed by a faction of the local Republican party which has been feuding with Hawley.

1904 -- 100 years ago
Forty seniors were graduated from Rock Island High School before a large crowd in the Illinois Theater. The class orator, Henry Work Cozad, spoke on ''The Yellow Peril,'' saying that the civilizing of China and Japan will avert danger of war with Asia.

1929 -- 75 years ago
Rock Island's professional baseball team has lost six games in a row and dropped to fifth place in the 9-team Mississippi Valley league. Moline leads with 21 games won and 11 lost.

1954 -- 50 years ago
Wheel tax sticker sales in Silvis were termed slow by City Clerk Taylor Lewis. To date, only 109 stickers have been sold for $470. According to estimates, wheel tax sales should bring the city about $4,000. July 1 is the last day for obtaining stickers without a penalty.

1979 -- 25 years ago
An estimated 70 feet of chainlink fence around the Rock Island County Fairgrounds was knocked down sometime in the past three days.

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