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: The female sex seems to have gone crazy on the subject of dry goods. When high prices keep them from increasing their wardrobes, they turn to stealing. Yard goods, hats, shoes and other items are being picked up and carried home.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Members of Everts Commandery No. 18, Knights Templar, under Commander H.C. Cleaveland, marched from the Masonic Temple to Trinity Episcopal Church for their annual Easter services.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Nate Hultgren pitched the Augustana College baseball team to a 10-3 victory over Carthage, striking out 11 men and allowing only four hits.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Marvel Leonhardi, a Rock Island High School senior, was the winner of an essay contest on advertising sponsored by The Argus and Advertising Age, a national advertising publication.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The Augustana College band drew a crowd of 1,200 people for its annual home concert in Centennial Hall. The size of the crowd was indicative of the fact the band is rapidly approaching the stature of the Augustana Choir.
1989 -- 25 years ago: A benefit to raise money for extracurricular activities in the Rock Island Milan School District will be April 27 at the Quad City Downs harness race track. People buying $17.50 tickets to the second annual "Night at the Quad City Downs" will be entitled to an evening of harness racing and dinner.






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