Day in history for September 9, 2004

1854 -- 150 years ago
Texas has voted against licensing saloons. Whiskey may be sold only in grocery stores but not in quantities of less than one quart.

1879 -- 125 years ago
The funeral of Charles Crawford took place today in the Congregational Church at Hampton. He was connected with the Argillo Brick Works at Carbon Cliff.

1904 -- 100 years ago
Some young people keep surprisingly late hours. Two young Davenport rounders were found asleep at 2 a.m. in a buggy they had hired from a Rock Island liveryman. A detective sent them home.

1929 -- 75 years ago
The debt of the Rock Island County Jail was cleared today with a final payment of $26,500.

1954 -- 50 years ago
Charles Hanson, East Moline, was elected president of the Society of Quad-City Magicians. Other officers elected were George Kopp, Rock Island, vice president and social chairman; George Morris, Milan, secretary; Ed Freeman, Rock Island, treasurer. Les O'Brien, Moline, was initiated into the society.

1979 -- 25 years ago
Three area men escaped injury Sunday when their light plane made an emergency landing in a field in rural Coyne Center. Raymond C. Ellis, Rock Island, Tom Seavers, Moline, and Perry Ossian, Moline, were uninjured in the incident. The plane, a Cherokee Arrow owned by the Flying Country Club of the Quad-City Airport, was damaged in the landing.

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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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