Day in history for June 12, 2004

1854 -- 150 years ago
The thousand ladies and gentlemen who left last Monday on a steamboat for St. Paul returned to Rock Island today. On the excursion they were heartily welcomed at Galena, Dubuque and St. Paul. All return with the greatest confidence in the boundless resources of the great west.

1879 -- 125 years ago
The Rodman Rifles new armory, which also has quarters for the city hall, was decided last evening. After a 2-hour military parade and drill, a program was held in the drill hall. Capt. Hawes was presented with a magnificent sword, belt and gauntlets as a surprise part of the ceremonies.

1904 -- 100 years ago
The Cornerstone of Prince Hall, home for widows and orphans of members of the Masonic fraternity, was laid today. The home is in south Rock Island.

1929 -- 75 years ago
The cornerstone of the Rock Island Public Schools stadium was laid today. Bert Durkee, president of the senior class, gave one of the talks at the ceremony.

1954 -- 50 years ago
A traveler with incredible tales of his life will make Davenport his home for the next few weeks. He's Ralph A. Miller, 59, a former movie stunt man and now an expert card trick demonstrator.

1979 -- 25 years ago
A small pig led officials on a wild chase in East Moline before it was caught. Theodore Jackson, an East Moline attorney, told police the pig was tied up in his yard at 235 19th Ave. when it broke loose.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Because of the National Fast, no paper will be issued from this office tomorrow.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Attracting considerable attention is a sunflower stalk 15 feet high and still growing in the yard of Dr. C. Speidel on 23rd Street in Rock Island.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The municipal bathing beach proposition came up again at the city commission's meeting and a proposition passed, provided that a locker room be constructed at the foot of 7th Street for the accommodation of the bathers.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans for erecting a $14,000 warehouse to replace the frame structure at the rear of the Augustana Book Concern were announced.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Hours for tours of the new Deere & Co. Administrative Center on John Deere Road will be changed, effective Monday.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Tuesday night at the Great Mississippi Valley Fair in Davenport the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band gave its fans more than they possibly could have expected. The band took the stage at 9:07 p.m. and didn't leave until 10:40.









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