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: After Sept. 1, every small box of matches will be required to have a 3 cent duty Lincoln stamp on it, and every large box will be one cent for every 100 matches.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Rock Island residents had contributed a total of $1,293 to the American Red Cross for the Johnstown flood relief fund.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Capt. Clark Means, new darkhorse twirler for the ARGUS staff, was in great form in his initial contest as a mound laborer. The result was that THE ARGUS trimmed the Union 6-5.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Hunter and Humprey Moody, young Decatur, Ill, brothers, lack only a few hours of establishing a new world light plane endurance record.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Gates of the 110th annual Mercer County Fair swing open tonight at Aledo for a full week of day and night activity. More that $36,000 will be paid in premiums and race purses.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The baseball field carved out of the cornfield near Dyersville, Iowa, continues to keep dreams alive for hundreds of visitors. Tourists from 26 state and France have visited Dan Lansing's farm to see the baseball diamond seen in the hit movie "Field of Dreams."






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