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: It is rumored in the streets that the 13 negroes sent to Quincy on the Moline quota were refused. We think this must be a mistake.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Harvey McKenna, of Detroit, billiard player matched to play Wizard Schafer in New York in January for the world championship, was a professional friend and manager, Billy Catton in Rock Island.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Levi Cralle, former Rock Island county sheriff, had come from his farm near Mitchell, S.D. to visit friends in the city.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Work is being rushed on the new high school building in Orion to replace the one destroyed by fire last winter. Classes are being held in churches.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Rehearsals for the 84th season of the Handel Oratorio Society chorus will begin at 7:30 p.m. Monday on the stage of Centennial Hall, Augustana College.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Rock Island City Council's plan announced this week to have the federal government vacate Valley Homes public housing and move residents to Arsenal Courts to reduce density may not be feasible.






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