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: Sheriff McLaughlin had the misfortune to dislocate his right shoulder some days ago when his carriage upset. He is now able to walk about but has a very sore shoulder.
1889 -- 125 years ago: A kindergarten was started in the downtown district of Rock Island with the Misses Dodie Hawes and Grace Knowlton as teachers.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Pope Pius X died in Rome.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Rock Island's new theater was named Esquire.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The J.I. Case Co. plant in Bettendorf will add from 150 to 200 employees by Jan. 1 a spokesman for the company said today. The Bettendorf Works today had a payroll of 1,350, but an increased production schedule will require additional people.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illowa Council Boy Scouts of America reached and passed its campaign goal in a drive that began 14 months ago by raising more than $2.2 million for the expansion of Loud Thunder Reservation near Andalusia.

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