Day in history for October 7, 2004

1854 -- 150 years ago
Although the party is badly split over the slavery question, old-line Whigs of Rock Island County made their nominations at a convention. Candidates chosen include T.B. Gorton for sheriff and John Patterson for coroner.

1879 -- 125 years ago
A Sabbath school convention for Rock Island County will be held in Port Byron on Oct. 16.

1904 -- 100 years ago
Rock Island has been invited to become host to the Illinois encampment of United Spanish War veterans in August of 1905.

1929 -- 75 years ago
While visiting relatives in Chicago, Mrs. James Selinger became ill of pneumonia and died. She was the wife of a Rock Island dentist.

1954 -- 50 years ago
Moline Lutheran Hospital officials promised to take immediate steps to prevent further washing of mud and clay from their construction site onto 6th Street and adjoining streets and avenues during each rain.

1979 -- 25 years ago
Hours of practice, late-night rehearsals and the trials of trying a new style paid off for a St. Ambrose College choir this week. The 36-member choir harmonized their way through six songs from the altar at Des Moines' Living History Farms, five hours before Pope John Paul II would honor the farmer in his first visit to rural America.

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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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