Day in history for June 13, 2004

1854 -- 150 years ago
Joseph Smith, Jr., son of the Prophet, is a sub-contractor on the Warsaw and Rockford railroad, having a section south of Nauvoo, upon which he is now working.

1879 -- 125 years ago
The Rock Island and Peoria railroad elected the following Rock Island men as officers: P.L. Cable, president; R.R. Cable, vice president; Cornelius Lynde, secretary; Joseph Gaskell, treasurer.

1904 -- 100 years ago
Sad news has been received of the death in Colorado Springs of Louise, wife of John N. Eklund, a well-known former Moline resident.

1929 -- 75 years ago
The 15 teachers who served the longest in Rock Island were voted a salary increase of $100 each. All had previously attained the maximum of $1,500 annually.

1954 -- 50 years ago
Climbing of a Rock Island water tank at 4:30 a.m. resulted in $10 fines for two youths in Rock Island police court. Patrolmen James Aversing and Darrell G. Reynolds were dispatched to the water tank at 14th St. and 42nd Ave. after police received complaints from nearby residents that the youths climbing activities made such a noise that they couldn't sleep.

1979 -- 25 years ago
Moline, Kansas, population 598, will celebrate its centennial June 30. Some citizens may take a moment for special tribute to a John Deere plow salesman who arrived in 1879 with his wares and the name of his hometown in Illinois. He left the latter with Moline's founders.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Col. H.F. Sickless informs us that there will be new organization of troops in this state under the call for more men.
1889 -- 125 years ago: James Normoyle arrived home after graduating from West Point with honors in the class of 1889. He was to report to Fort Brady, Mich., as second lieutenant in the 23rd Infantry.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Austria Hungary declared war on Serbia. Germany and Austria refused an invitation of Sir Edward Grey to join Great Britain at a mediation conference.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Dr. William Mayo, the last of the three famous Mayo brother surgeons, died at the age of 78.
1964 -- 50 years ago: One of the biggest horse shows of the season was held yesterday at Hillandale Arena on Knoxville Road under the sponsorship of the Illowa Horsemen's Club.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Davenport is like a gigantic carnival this weekend with the Bix Arts Fest taking over 12 square blocks of the downtown area. A festive atmosphere prevailed Friday as thousands of people turned out to sample what the Arts Fest has to offer.

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