Day in history for June 24, 2004

1854 -- 150 years ago
Col. William D. Davenport, the man who built Fort Armstrong on the island here in 1816, is visiting Rock Island and Davenport. He often has been confused with Col. George Davenport, who arrived at the island at the same time and who was in charge of food supplies for the garrison.

1879 -- 125 years ago
One of 200 tramps on a train fell off at Barstow and was horribly mangled by the wheels. He was brought to Rock Island and was made as comfortable as possible in the tramp room at the armory. Dr. Craig was called, but the poor fellow died within a short time.

1904 -- 100 years ago
S.W. Wakely, who was for many years in the lumber business in Andalusia, was killed when he was struck by runaway horses as he was crossing a street. He was 84 years old.

1929 -- 75 years ago
The four-story building and stock of the Hartz And Bansen Wholesale Drug Co., northwest corner of 3rd Avenue and 19th Street, Rock Island, was nearly wrecked by a $250,000 fire starting at 2 a.m. today.

1954 -- 50 years ago
A certificate of merit for its work in reducing the volume of freight loss and damage was awarded to Dohrn Transfer Co. of Rock Island by Jack Cole, president of American Trucking Associations, Inc.

1979 -- 25 years ago
Gov. James R. Thompson says that if violence erupts on Illinois roads as a result of the independent truckers' protest, he will call out the National Guard.

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