Day in history for June 19, 2004

1854 -- 150 years ago
On the day the great excursion party was here Spencer And Robinson generously charged no fares on the ferry John Wilson.

1879 -- 125 years ago
Three hundred tramps are expected to reach Rock Island tonight. Posses have been organized at several towns to protect citizens against the army of unemployed men who take over freight trains and at times pillage farms, taking whatever they wish.

1904 -- 100 years ago
Rock Island County is willing and is now waiting for the Henry County to agree to share in the building of a bridge over Rock River, which divides the two counties. A site for the bridge has not been determined.

1929 -- 75 years ago
The wife of Major General Douglas MacArthur, noted army officer, has divorced him in Reno, Nevada.

1954 -- 50 years ago
Petitions were in circulation among Rock Island shippers urging the Rock Island Lines to cancel any plans for reduction of personnel or removal of the freight service office in Rock Island.

1979 -- 25 years ago
Jake Bonte was presented a specially made Colt pistol commemorating his 45 years of service with Cherry's Sporting Goods in Geneseo. Robert Cherry made the presentation during a dinner at The Cellar restaurant for Cherry family members and company employees in observance of the firm's 50th anniversary. The pistol features custom engraving, gold inlays and carved ivory stocks.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Charles M. Osborn of this city, a lawyer of prominence, who voted for Lincoln in 1860 is now out strong for McClellan and will take the stump for him.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The George Fleming company had begun its dried fruit packing in a branch plant on 16th Street, Rock Island, employing nearly a hundred workers.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The cornerstone of the new Eagles home was laid. Building committee members were John Kobeman, Fred Ehmke and Frank Wich.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Former Kaiser Wilhelm, in exile, is sad as the Nazis march with communists.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Ninety-two members of the acappella choir at Davenport's West High School today accepted an invitation to perform at the New York World's Fair on June 13, 1965.
1989 -- 25 years ago: A Rock Island woman is one of 50 winners of $10,000 in cash in the Illinois State Lottery's "Celebration "89" instant ticket game. Dawn Loeffler was the third winner to be chosen through daily drawings that began Aug. 28 and will run 50 consecutive days.






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