Day in history for October 5, 2004

1854 -- 150 years ago
Old-line Whigs lost out and anti-slavery Whigs, calling themselves ''Republicans,'' won out in naming delegates to the Rock Island Whig convention.

1879 -- 125 years ago
The east end of Rock Island is looking up, with more street lights, new sidewalks, and some macadamized streets.

1904 -- 100 years ago
Herman A. Miller, 34, knocked to the ground by a switch engine, was fatally injured when he was crossing the tracks at 15th Street, Moline.

1929 -- 75 years ago
The Rock Island High School football stadium was dedicated today. In the inaugural game, Rock Island's team defeated Grand High of Cedar Rapids, 6 to 0. The stadium, which cost $175,000, will seat 14,000.

1954 -- 50 years ago
With the advent of automatic crossing gate signals in Moline, Rock Island Lines crews began removal of watchmen's shanties along the tracks.

1979 -- 25 years ago
Vandals destroyed 22 headstones at the old German cemetery, three miles south of Sherrard. Some of the stones dated back to 1870. Mercer County Sheriff's Deputy Tom Nelson, who is investigating the damage, said 22 headstones were knocked over and broken, one stone was stolen and a statue of an angel smashed.

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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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