Day in history for June 21, 2004

1854 -- 150 years ago
The list of contests and the cash prizes to be given at the second annual Rock Island County Fair is published today. The fair will be held in Rock Island Oct. 3, 4 and 5. Officers of the society for promotions of the fair are George Mixter, G.W. Gates, Daniel Edgington, Patrick Gregg, D.F. Kinney and A.K. Philleo.

1879 -- 125 years ago
P.J. Cleary of Coal Valley challenges anyone in Illinois or Iowa to walk a match of 30 to 75 hours without sleep or rest. The pedestrians race craze continues.

1904 -- 100 years ago
Shorty Knox, Jimmie Knittle and Jack Sullivan landed 140 pounds of catfish yesterday at the steel dam above the Watch Tower.

1929 -- 75 years ago
Mrs. M.A. Hollingsworth today withdrew as a candidate for reelection to the Rock Island Board of Education.

1954 -- 50 years ago
Two Moline brothers have obtained what might be called the ultimate in lawnmowers, one that will cut the grass while you sit in the shade. Paul and George Katke, 1807 18th Ave. A, are owners of the automatic machine, which is powered by an electric motor and controlled by pushbuttons.

1979 -- 25 years ago
The John Deere Foundation made a grant of $100,000 toward the Davenport Municipal Art Gallery. The Deere grant will be used for additions to the gallery permanent collection, to finance special exhibitions, to sponsor educational programs and to purchase equipment.

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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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