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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1864 -- 150 years ago: A new steamer, Keithsburg, now is at our levee taking on board the balance of her fixtures preparatory to assuming her position on the daily Rock Island and Keokuk line.
1889 -- 125 years ago: C.W. Hawes was appointed deputy county clerk by county clerk Donaldson.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Mrs. O.E. child, of Moline, was named president of the Women's Home Missionary Society of the Methodist Church Rock Island District of the Central Illinois conference.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Augustana College is making plans for a drive for funds to erect a field house and make football field improvements.
1964 -- 50 years ago: A expanded election coverage system featuring a 16-foot chalkboard showing up to the minute running totals, attracted a large and enthusiastic crowd to The Argus newsroom last night.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Balloons frame Rock Island attorney Stewart Winstein who was given a surprise party in the rotunda of the Rock Island County Courthouse on Thursday to honor his 50th year of practicing law.




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