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: A corps of surgeons now occupies the new hospital quarters at the Garrison Hospital on the Rock Island Arsenal. A fence has been installed to enclose the prison hospital.
1889 -- 125 years ago: B. Winter has let a contract to Christ Schreiner for a two story brick building with a double store front on the south side of 3rd Avenue just west of 17th Street. The estimated cost was $4,500.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Germany sent simultaneous ultimatums to Russia and France, demanding that Russia suspend mobilization within 12 hours and demanding that France inform Germany within 18 hours. In the case of war between Germany and Russia, France would remain neutral.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Civil service offices at the post office and the Rock Island Arsenal were swamped as more than 700 youths sought 15 machinist apprenticeships at the Arsenal.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Last night, American Legion Post 246 in Moline figuratively handed over the trousers to a female ex-Marine and petticoat rule began. Olga Swanson, of Moline, was installed as the first woman commander of the post .
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illinois Quad City Civic Center captured the excitement and interest of a convention of auditorium managers this weekend in Reno, Nev. Bill Adams, civic center authority chairman, said the 10,000-seat arena planned for downtown Moline has caught the eye of construction firms, suppliers, management teams and concession groups.








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