Day in history for June 9, 2004

1854 -- 150 years ago
Col. J.B. Danforth, publisher of The Argus, is among the thousand guests of the Chicago And Rock Island railroad making a steamboat excursion to St. Paul and back this week. Seventy-five editors, mostly from the big newspapers of the East, are among the excursionists.

1879 -- 125 years ago
Ranson R. Cable of Rock Island has been elected to the new position of assistant to the president of the Rock Island And Pacific railroad.

1904 -- 100 years ago
The Salvation Army here is offering poor people who wish to marry the following: Enough furniture for four rooms, $10; a trousseau for the bride, $1; a wedding suit for the man, $1. This places matrimony within the reach of all.

1929 -- 75 years ago
Tony Miller fell into quicksand in a hollow near 5th Street and 19th Avenue, Rock Island. Workmen at a nearby carnival heard his cries and pulled him out with ropes.

1954 -- 50 years ago
Alderman Walter W. Wirken complained to Moline police about 9 p.m. Saturday that unidentified persons drenched the front terrace of his yard with gasoline. Police said it might be as a result of the alderman's stand on daylight-savings time.

1979 -- 25 years ago
A Rock Island woman says her dog was stabbed and one wheel of her car nearly removed in separate incidents. Frances Hammer, of 1030 22nd St., told police her pet was stabbed sometime Wednesday night, and her car was damaged Thursday.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: The attention of contractors is called to proposals for building a magazine. The building is to be erected on the south side of the island, above the railroad, nearly opposite Sinnit's ice houses.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Ladies patent leather tip shoes were selling for $3 at the M & K store, and men's spring overcoats were advertised at $7.50.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Fred Feuchter, of Davenport, was elected president of the Tri-City Post Office Clerks club, and Joe Goldsmith, of Rock Island, was named secretary treasurer.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Mass vaccination of more than 1,600 employed of the Rock Island Arsenal has been ordered by Col. Norman Ramsey after a 13-year-old daughter of the Arsenal manager became ill with smallpox.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The 1964 Scout-O-Rama of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts closed a two-day session last evening at the Rock Island Armory with 5,000 paid attendance.
1989 -- 25 years ago: "From the horse and buggy days ... to this" said Mercer County Sheriff Marvin Thirtyacre, waving his hand to indicate the sheriff's department facilities at the new $1.5 million Mercer County Jail in Aledo.




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