Day in history for November 19, 2004

1854 -- 150 years ago
Many men are out searching for Charles Spencer, 17, who disappeared while he was hunting four days ago. A reward of $300 is offered for information. Extra: As The Argus goes to press, word comes that Spencer's body was found in the Rock River near William Carr's place.

1879 -- 125 years ago
There seems to be a feeling in favor of abolishing tolls on the Rock River bridges. The city needs the money to maintain the bridges but it is asking outsiders to pay premium for the sake of trading in Rock Island.

1904 -- 100 years ago
The Women's Christian Temperance Union today petitioned the Rock Island City Council to appoint a policewoman or police matron.

1929 -- 75 years ago
The Rev. G.A. Sheets resigned today as pastor of First Baptist Church, Rock Island. He is considering three calls.

1954 -- 50 years ago
A search was under way today in the Quad-Cities area for safe burglars who took an estimated $4,000 Thursday night or early this morning at Downing's Dairy, Inc., 2268 24th St., Rock Island.

1979 -- 25 years ago
Police found Nicholas J. Chirekos, 59, of 34 Woodley Rd., Rock Island, dead with two bullet wounds in the back of his head in his second-floor office at the Plantation Club restaurant, 3701 7th St., Moline, at 2:08 a.m. Sunday.

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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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