Day in history for June 22, 2004

1854 -- 150 years ago
Rock Island leaders have decided not to join with Davenport in celebrating the Fourth of July, as previously planned. At a meeting of citizens at the courthouse last night, committees were appointed to select an orator for the day, a chaplain, a reader of the Declaration of Independence, and to plan a program of toasts.

1879 -- 125 years ago
M.D. Merrill, president of the Rock Island Board of Education, was reelected without opposition. He received 312 votes.

1904 -- 100 years ago
George Washington McCaskrin, campaigning for election to the legislature, entertained with a moving picture show, something new to most people, in Market Square Saturday evening.

1929 -- 75 years ago
County officers seized slot machines being used on the Rock Island-Davenport ferry.

1954 -- 50 years ago
Boating enthusiasts along the Mississippi River will have a new and well protected harbor when the basin now under construction at Andalusia is completed. When dredging is completed the harbor will measure 50 by 400 feet.

1979 -- 25 years ago
International Harvester introduced the world's largest and most productive hillside combine, the model 1470 Axial-Flow. The introduction took place in Spokane, Wash. Basic production models which will be built at IH's East Moline Plant will be shipped to Spokane for final assembly of the undercarriage, drive assembly and leveling system.

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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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