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: We learn that it is a contemplation to start a paper mill in Rock Island during the summer by a gentleman from the East.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The gates of Oklahoma were swung open at noon today, and a throng of more than 30,000 settlers started over its soil.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Iowa Coliseum Co. was incorporated with $40,000 capital and planned a building on 4th Street between Warren and Green streets in Davenport.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans are being discussed for resurfacing the streets in the entire downtown district of Rock Island.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Some 45 jobs will be created at J.I. Case Co.'s Rock Island plant in a expansion of operations announced yesterday afternoon at the firm's headquarters in Racine, Wis.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Gardeners and farmers cheered, but not all Quad-Citians found joy Saturday as more than an inch of rain fell on the area. Motorists faced dangerous, rain-slick roads as the water activated grease and grime that had built up during dry weather.








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