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: Some persons are negotiating for 80 feet of ground on Illinois Street with a view of erecting four stores thereon. It would serve a better purpose if the money was invested in neat tenement houses.
1889 — 125 years ago: The Central station, car house and stables of the Moline-Rock Island Horse Railway line of the Holmes syndicate, together with 15 cars and 42 head of horses, were destroyed by fire. The loss was at $15,000.
1914 — 100 years ago: Vera Cruz, Mexico, after a day and night of resistance to American forces, gradually ceased opposition. The American forces took complete control of the city.
1939 — 75 years ago: Dr. R. Bruce Collins was reelected for a second term as president of the Lower Rock Island County Tuberculosis Association.
1964 — 50 years ago: Work is scheduled to begin this summer on construction of a new men's residence complex and an addition to the dining facilities at Westerlin Hall at Augustana College.
1989 — 25 years ago: Special Olympics competitors were triple winners at Rock Island High School Saturday. The participants vanquished the rain that fell during the competition, and some won their events; but most important, they triumphed over their own disabilities.




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