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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