Day in history for July 20, 2004

1854 -- 150 years ago
The grocery store of David Bowen was entered by burglars last night. The safe was removed to the street and blown open by gunpowder. The burglars took $200, some which had been deposited in the safe by Sheriff Swander for safekeeping.

1879 -- 125 years ago
James M. Buford was elected president of the Rock Island School Board.

1904 -- 100 years ago
The Misses Lucille and Alice Granger left today to takin in the world's fair in St. Louis.

1929 -- 75 years ago
Mayor C.O. Swanson, Milan, received a wire from President Hoover, who said he has directed the secretary of war and the American Red Cross to give relief to thrice-flooded Milan.

1954 -- 50 years ago
Bobby Eckermann, 13, of 1327 25th St., Rock Island, caught a greased pig at the Kewanee centennial celebration and his reward was the porker, grease and all. Since he had no room in his parlor, Bobby took the piggie to market. So instead of bringing home the bacon, he brought home $24.50.

1979 -- 25 years ago
Last week township officials received a bill from Illini Hospital for $4,652.97, the cost of a hospital stay for a transient who had a heart attack May 22 at Illiniwek Park. The man was hospitalized for 13 days at township expense. There is a bill in the house that would eliminate township's responsibilities for medical expenses incurred by transients passing through.

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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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