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: We learn that it is a contemplation to start a paper mill in Rock Island during the summer by a gentleman from the East.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The gates of Oklahoma were swung open at noon today, and a throng of more than 30,000 settlers started over its soil.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Iowa Coliseum Co. was incorporated with $40,000 capital and planned a building on 4th Street between Warren and Green streets in Davenport.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans are being discussed for resurfacing the streets in the entire downtown district of Rock Island.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Some 45 jobs will be created at J.I. Case Co.'s Rock Island plant in a expansion of operations announced yesterday afternoon at the firm's headquarters in Racine, Wis.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Gardeners and farmers cheered, but not all Quad-Citians found joy Saturday as more than an inch of rain fell on the area. Motorists faced dangerous, rain-slick roads as the water activated grease and grime that had built up during dry weather.








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