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: It is rumored in the streets that the 13 negroes sent to Quincy on the Moline quota were refused. We think this must be a mistake.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Harvey McKenna, of Detroit, billiard player matched to play Wizard Schafer in New York in January for the world championship, was a professional friend and manager, Billy Catton in Rock Island.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Levi Cralle, former Rock Island county sheriff, had come from his farm near Mitchell, S.D. to visit friends in the city.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Work is being rushed on the new high school building in Orion to replace the one destroyed by fire last winter. Classes are being held in churches.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Rehearsals for the 84th season of the Handel Oratorio Society chorus will begin at 7:30 p.m. Monday on the stage of Centennial Hall, Augustana College.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Rock Island City Council's plan announced this week to have the federal government vacate Valley Homes public housing and move residents to Arsenal Courts to reduce density may not be feasible.






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