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: Yesterday some bold thief stole a full bolt of calico from a box in front of Wadsworth's store, where it was on exhibition.
1889 -- 125 years ago: A team belonging to Peter Priese got away from its driver and made a mad run across the Rock Island Bridge. The driver was thrown from his seat but not hurt.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Carlton Taylor was appointed district deputy grand master for the 14th
Masonic District of Illinois.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Moline's million dollar municipal airport was dedicated to air transportation and the national defense by Lt. Gov. John Stelle.
1964 -- 50 years ago: THE ARGUS will be election headquarters for Rock Island County tomorrow night, and the public is invited to watch the operation. The closing of the polls at 6 p.m. will mark the start of open house in the newsroom. Visitors will see staff members receiving, tabulating and posting returns.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Few bricks actually tumbled, but no one seemed to mind as about 1,000 people gathered to celebrate the formal start of demolition at the site of a downtown civic center.

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