Day in history for October 20, 2004

1854 -- 150 years ago
James Shurls walked into Butcher's saloon and snapped a double-barreled pistol. It missed fire. Butcher beat the fellow severely. Shurls fired again but missed. The case will be investigated before Justice E.R. Bean, Esq.

1879 -- 125 years ago
The Rock Island Society for the Suppression of Vice dropped its charge against a former mayor as the case was called for hearing. Public opinion had turned against the society, which had charged the ex-mayor with abducting a church organist.

1904 -- 100 years ago
Illinois bankers, in session at St. Louis, elected Carl Helpenstell of Rock Island as vice president of the association.

1929 -- 75 years ago
Forty airplanes, making the fifth annual national air tour, landed at Moline Airport. The fliers were welcomed by a crowd estimated at 17,000.

1954 -- 50 years ago
A delegation from 17th Avenue and 31st Street. A protested to Moline aldermen for the use of a ravine in that area as a temporary site for landfill garbage disposal while regular grounds at 41st Street and 28th Avenue are closed because of the 41st Street paving job.

1979 -- 25 years ago
The First Baptist Church of Cambridge celebrates its 125th anniversary Sunday. Its first services were held in the Henry County Courthouse in 1854, one year after the Village of Cambridge was incorporated.

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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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