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: Because of the National Fast, no paper will be issued from this office tomorrow.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Attracting considerable attention is a sunflower stalk 15 feet high and still growing in the yard of Dr. C. Speidel on 23rd Street in Rock Island.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The municipal bathing beach proposition came up again at the city commission's meeting and a proposition passed, provided that a locker room be constructed at the foot of 7th Street for the accommodation of the bathers.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans for erecting a $14,000 warehouse to replace the frame structure at the rear of the Augustana Book Concern were announced.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Hours for tours of the new Deere & Co. Administrative Center on John Deere Road will be changed, effective Monday.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Tuesday night at the Great Mississippi Valley Fair in Davenport the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band gave its fans more than they possibly could have expected. The band took the stage at 9:07 p.m. and didn't leave until 10:40.









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