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: 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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