Day in history for October 2, 2004

1854 -- 150 years ago
New residents are arriving by the hundreds every week and many others arrive, stay for a while and leave. A list of unclaimed letters at the post office, published in The Argus today, contains more than 800 names.

1879 -- 125 years ago
Pupils in the Rock Island Public Schools number 1,767.

1904 -- 100 years ago
A Rock Island Democratic Club was organized last night. J.W. Cavanaugh was elected president, H.L. Wheelan is secretary and J.W. Welch treasurer.

1929 -- 75 years ago
Edith Braun of Rock Island won a rocking chair contest in a Davenport theater. She rocked on the stage for 137 hours and 3 minutes, minus 15-minute rest periods every hour. Fourteen started the marathon a week ago.

1954 -- 50 years ago
Five sets of twins attend classes at Lourdes Memorial School, Bettendorf. Such a collection of twins, and all girls too, in the same school is unusual. The twins are Therese and Patrice DuVerney, 5; Mary and Gerry Motto, 5; Rose and Rita Carillo, 10; Joanne and Janet Welch, 12, and Ann and Helen Mohr, 13.

1979 -- 25 years ago
The Rock Island City Council, after a long debate, agreed to spend nearly $4,000 on scuba diving equipment for the police department. Police Chief Ron Hansen said seven policemen already have received scuba training.

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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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