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: Sheriff McLaughlin had the misfortune to dislocate his right shoulder some days ago when his carriage upset. He is now able to walk about but has a very sore shoulder.
1889 -- 125 years ago: A kindergarten was started in the downtown district of Rock Island with the Misses Dodie Hawes and Grace Knowlton as teachers.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Pope Pius X died in Rome.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Rock Island's new theater was named Esquire.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The J.I. Case Co. plant in Bettendorf will add from 150 to 200 employees by Jan. 1 a spokesman for the company said today. The Bettendorf Works today had a payroll of 1,350, but an increased production schedule will require additional people.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illowa Council Boy Scouts of America reached and passed its campaign goal in a drive that began 14 months ago by raising more than $2.2 million for the expansion of Loud Thunder Reservation near Andalusia.






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