Day in history for May 1, 2004

1854 -- 150 years ago
The Prairie Farmer magazine for April refers to the island of Rock Island as Davenport island.

1879 -- 125 years ago
Frank W. Bahnsen, an experienced druggist who has clerked for Emil Kohler, has bought out the Fourth Avenue Drug Store. Mr. Bahnsen is a young man of excellent habits and popular with everyone.

1904 -- 100 years ago
Democrats of the 33rd Senatorial District, in convention at Aledo, refused to endorse Publisher William Randolph Hearst for nomination for president.

1929 -- 75 years ago
A fire which destroyed a $20,000 ice plant at 7th Street, Moline and Rock River was caused by spontaneous combustion, investigators said.

1954 -- 50 years ago
Clues to the identity of burglars who early today rolled out a 400-pound safe containing $8,707.75 from the Uptown Tavern, 1614 Harrison St., Davenport, are being investigated by Davenport authorities. The theft was reported to police at 3 a.m. by A.W. Ziebarth, tavern owner, who had entered the building to clean up the place.

1979 -- 25 years ago
The Quad-City construction industry began grinding to a halt today as concrete haulers and equipment operators walked off their jobs. The strike came after more than 100 truck drivers for Consumers, Rock Island Readymix, Allied and Midway Stone and 1,200 members of Operating Engineers Local 537 on both sides of the river rejected contract proposals.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Sheriff McLaughlin had the misfortune to dislocate his right shoulder some days ago when his carriage upset. He is now able to walk about but has a very sore shoulder.
1889 -- 125 years ago: A kindergarten was started in the downtown district of Rock Island with the Misses Dodie Hawes and Grace Knowlton as teachers.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Pope Pius X died in Rome.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Rock Island's new theater was named Esquire.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The J.I. Case Co. plant in Bettendorf will add from 150 to 200 employees by Jan. 1 a spokesman for the company said today. The Bettendorf Works today had a payroll of 1,350, but an increased production schedule will require additional people.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illowa Council Boy Scouts of America reached and passed its campaign goal in a drive that began 14 months ago by raising more than $2.2 million for the expansion of Loud Thunder Reservation near Andalusia.






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