Day in history for August 30, 2004

1854 -- 150 years ago
The most dangerous chain of rocks in the upper Mississippi extend across the stream near Campbell's Island, below Hampton. More steamboats have been wrecked there than on any other rocks. Messrs. Swan And Co. today began blasting the rocks away.

1879 -- 125 years ago
Fred Buckley of Edgington has received by express from Oxford, Ohio a fine Poland China hog.

1904 -- 100 years ago
Fire destroyed the grocery store and home of J.C. Weaver. Besides being a grocer, Mr. Weaver works as a carpenter in Kalhke's boat yard.

1929 -- 75 years ago
H.H. Cleaveland of Rock Island, Illinois Director of Public Works, Secretary of War James W. Good and Gov. Louis L. Emmerson are on an inland waterway tour inspection.

1954 -- 50 years ago
Fire blamed on an electrical short circuit caused damage estimated at $2,900 Sunday night at the Manhattan Cafe, 2228 4th Ave., Rock Island. Three fire companies, including the aerial company, were sent to the restaurant at 11:20 p.m.

1979 -- 25 years ago
Two retaining walls, erroneously built on public property and now in ''hazardous condition,'' may be given away by Rock Island officials so they are not liable for damages if the structures fall. The walls, in the 2800 block of 8 1/2 Ave., were built without permission on city right-of-way, but are integral to the foundations of buildings there.

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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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