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: The attention of contractors is called to proposals for building a magazine. The building is to be erected on the south side of the island, above the railroad, nearly opposite Sinnit's ice houses.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Ladies patent leather tip shoes were selling for $3 at the M & K store, and men's spring overcoats were advertised at $7.50.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Fred Feuchter, of Davenport, was elected president of the Tri-City Post Office Clerks club, and Joe Goldsmith, of Rock Island, was named secretary treasurer.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Mass vaccination of more than 1,600 employed of the Rock Island Arsenal has been ordered by Col. Norman Ramsey after a 13-year-old daughter of the Arsenal manager became ill with smallpox.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The 1964 Scout-O-Rama of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts closed a two-day session last evening at the Rock Island Armory with 5,000 paid attendance.
1989 -- 25 years ago: "From the horse and buggy days ... to this" said Mercer County Sheriff Marvin Thirtyacre, waving his hand to indicate the sheriff's department facilities at the new $1.5 million Mercer County Jail in Aledo.




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