Day in history for November 17, 2004

1854 -- 150 years ago
Leonard Volk, a modest artist who conducts a marble shop in our city, is a genius who is destined to become famous as a sculptor. (Editors note, 1954. He did become famous.)

1879 -- 125 years ago
Davenport is rejoicing over discovery of a rich coal bed only two miles from the city. The find was made by two prospectors, W.H. Gilbert and Ole Olson; they traced the coal bed from Moline and picked it up again on the other side of the river.

1904 -- 100 years ago
The Tri-City Press Club, dining at the Manufacturer's Hotel, Moline, appointed a committee to work for the restoration and preservation of the historic Col. George Davenport home on Rock Island Arsenal island.

1929 -- 75 years ago
The St. Ambrose College football team defeated the Augustana College eleven 13 to 7 in their annual contest.

1954 -- 50 years ago
Secretary of State Charles F. Carpentier, East Moline, said today that an accident involving his 1954 state-owned limousine in East Moline last Friday evening is being investigated for possible sabotage.

1979 -- 25 years ago
Friday night's exclusive ``pre-auction VIP open house'' at Rodman Industries' former Rimco Division plant at 2525 4th Ave., Rock Island, attracted about 50 people.

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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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