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: Journeymen shoemakers of Rock Island struck for higher wages yesterday morning, asking 25 percent increases. Employers have acceded to their demand.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Lighting struck wires of the Merchants Electric Light Co. during a furious storm, and many Rock Island business houses were compelled to resort to gas as a means of illumination.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Members of the First Church of Christ, Scientist, decided to erect a new edifice at a cost of about $60,000.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Willard Anderson, junior forward for the Augustana College basketball team, which won 17 out of 22 contests, was elected captain of the quintet.
1964 -- 50 years ago: John Hoffman, Moline, president of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts, will be honored for his 50 years in scouting by members of the council at a dinner Thursday evening.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Quad-Cities has what is believed to be the area's first elite-class gymnast. It's the stuff upon which Olympic competitors are made. Tiffany Chapman, of Rock Island, not only has earned the highest possible gymnast ranking, she won the honor at age 11.






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