Day in history for May 10, 2004

1854 -- 150 years ago
Twenty-three grizzled old men, all veterans of the War of 1812, met at the courthouse to discuss Congressman Wentworth's pension bill in Congress. Most of the men came to this region when they received bonuses in the form of warrants for 80 or 160 acres of free land.

1879 -- 125 years ago
There are 100,000 women in New York who support themselves. Many girls work in stores for $2 a week. Half of the working women earn less than $3.50 a week and must try to take care of themselves on that amount.

1904 -- 100 years ago
Graham Lee of Rock Island, who 10 years ago became one of the first missionaries to Korea, writes that he and his family are all right, despite difficulties arising from the Japanese-Russian war.

1929 -- 75 years ago
Capt. Einar Paul Lundberg, leading flier of Sweden, visited Rock Island.

1954 -- 50 years ago
Six good neighbors plowed, disked and harrowed land on the farm of the injured Reuben Bohman of Alpha. Bohman incurred a back injury while he was helping in the vaccination of hogs.

1979 -- 25 years ago
Seven grain-filled barges, cut loose from a towboat buffeted by strong river currents, crashed into the Government Bridge and Dam 15 at Rock Island at about 4 this morning. Corps of Engineers officials said six barges went under the bridge into the dam, and one barge was stuck on a bridge abutment. The pile-up has sent river levels up about 14 inches.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Telegraph reports state that, about 6 o'clock on the evening of the 20th, Quantrill, with about 800 of his thieves and robbers, surrounded Lawrence, Kan., and burned it to the ground.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Newton Beer's production of "Lost in London," which had a successful run for three seasons, was presented at Harper's Theater.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The German army commanded by Fran Duke Albrecht of Wurtemburg defeated the French army at Neufchmtenu.
1939 -- 75 years ago: John Deere Harvester Works in East Moline is starting a four-story, $104,000 addition to the combine assembly building.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Short Hills Country Club held onto its lead yesterday despite a rally by host Davenport Country Club and claimed the team title in the Sunshine Cup golf series.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Quad-Citians can look forward to more excitement and fun at this year's Rock Island Labor Day parade at 9:30 a.m. Sept 4, say organizers. This years theme is "Celebrate Rock Island."






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