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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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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