Day in history for October 11, 2004

1854 -- 150 years ago
A spirited horse owned by Samuel Adams, Esq., ran away and dashed into the building being erected for Baily and Boyle. The horse, which fell on its side on the naked joists, was brought out on a stretcher of boards.

1879 -- 125 years ago
Though the slough which crosses Rock Island has been only partly drained, the number of malaria cases among pupils has decreased to 137, compared to 202 at this time last year. Vapors from the slough cause the malaria, it is believed.

1904 -- 100 years ago
Fifty dentists of Rock Island, Henry and Mercer counties have organized a professional society, with Dr. L.W. Skidmore of Moline as president.

1929 -- 75 years ago
A 4-million-candlepower aviation beacon has been bought for installation on the water tower in Reservoir Park.

1954 -- 50 years ago
Some 80 pupils in shop and automotive classes in Bettendorf High School were presented safety glasses by J.I. Case Co. in a move to improve the chances against injury.

1979 -- 25 years ago
About 400 workers at two Quad-City Caterpillar plants will be laid off temporarily beginning Friday because of a lingering wildcat strike by United Auto Workers at Cat plants in Peoria. Caterpillar spokesman Kim Steffen said she didn't know how long the layoffs in Mt. Joy and Riverdale would last.

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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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