Day in history for October 14, 2004

1854 -- 150 years ago
A pike fish weighing 30 pounds and exquisitely cooked was served at the Island City Hotel today.

1879 -- 125 years ago
The Davenport boat racers, who were so badly beaten by the Rock Island Athletics, challenged Rock Island to another series of sculling races. Rock Island promptly accepted a week ago, but since then nothing has been heard from the Davenport crew.

1904 -- 100 years ago
A 10-year-old Moline boy confessed that he started the series of mysterious barn fires of recent weeks. The boy said, ''I just like to see the fire horses run.''

1929 -- 75 years ago
Rock Island merchants will discontinue the Mardi Gras festival they have sponsored annually. Instead, the retailers plan a series of holiday features for this fall and winter.

1954 -- 50 years ago
An Illinois Supreme Court writ, directing Rock Island County Circuit Court to dissolve an injunction restraining the city of Rock Island from placing a swimming pool in Long View Park, was received at the courthouse this morning.

1979 -- 25 years ago
At 74, Orville S. Bryan is the kind of guy people call colorful. He's spent 44 years as a one-man security service, catching over 350 burglars. He's patrolled on foot, bicycle and motorcycle, but now he uses an unmarked sedan, seven nights a week, to cruise around Rock Island businesses.

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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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