Day in history for September 11, 2004

1854 -- 150 years ago
Five thousand land seekers are expected to leave the eastern states for Nebraska within the next few weeks. About a hundred persons left Chicago Thursday afternoon, headed for Nebraska.

1879 -- 125 years ago
The Athletics are practicing nightly for the boat races next Saturday. The 4-oared shell will be manned by Tom Rodman, Forey Heath, L.G. Andrews and Ben T. Cable.

1904 -- 100 years ago
All the Methodist churches of this region have petitioned the Illinois conference for the return of their present pastors.

1929 -- 75 years ago
The annual picnic of the Rock Island County Farm Bureau is expected to attract 3,000 persons.

1954 -- 50 years ago
Mayor Carl F. Bauer of Rock Island today revealed city officials currently are studying the economic feasibility of continuing the city's river-rail terminal as a municipal function or selling it to private enterprise.

1979 -- 25 years ago
Atmospheric conditions triggered a telephone ''traffic jam'' this morning that snarled long-distance calls throughout much of the state, including the Quad-Cities. Fog and high humidity scrambled the company's long distance microwave relay system serving Peoria, Rockford, Kankakee and 65,000 Quad-City area customers, according to Gary Robinson, area phone company manager.

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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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