Day in history for May 11, 2004

1854 -- 150 years ago
Rock Island County men who were soldiers during the War of 1812 have adopted a resolution recommending that the national government establish an arsenal on Rock Island.

1879 -- 125 years ago
The liquor question continues to divide towns bitterly. In Cordova, saloons now must pay a $300 license fee, a hint they are not wanted. In Zuma Township, the people have decided by vote not to let temperance lecturers use the church.

1904 -- 100 years ago
Miss Lucy Brennan, representing Rock Island High School, won first place in a four-state oratorical contest held in Minneapolis.

1929 -- 75 years ago
Rock Island defeated Davenport 18 to 7 in its opening home game in the Mississippi Valley Professional Baseball League.

1954 -- 50 years ago
Residents of the Blue Grass area were asked to be on the watch for a fox that may be rabid and to report to the sheriff's office immediately if any stock has been bitten. The search for the fox was started after Mrs. Herman Steffen reported that a fox bit and tore her dress while she was visiting with Mrs. Perry Cooper at the Cooper home near Blue Grass.

1979 -- 25 years ago
The snow-removal efforts at the Quad City Airport, which closed down only once all winter, were recognized at the annual International Aviation Snow Symposium held last week in Allentown, Pa. The airport was one of two given honorable mention for its snow-fighting efforts.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Miss McCorkindale has opened millinery rooms over Gimbel's dry goods store, where she offers a choice lot of millinery goods, which she will manufacture to order.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The little South Park Presbyterian chapel celebrated it first Easter decorated with flowers for an afternoon worship service attended by a large congregation.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Wennerberg Chorus of Augustana College has returned from a 2,000-mile tour in the Eastern states and Illinois.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Col. Charles Lindbergh has stated that he is convinced that Germany's air force is equal to the combined sky fleets of her potential European foes.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Small gas motors may be permitted on boats in the lake to be built in Loud Thunder Forest Preserve. The prospect was discussed yesterday at a meeting of the Rock Island County Forest Preserve Commission.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The annual Dispatch/Rock Island Argus Spelling Bee continues to be a family tradition. Ed Lee, an eighth-grader at John Deere Junior High School, Moline, is the 1989 spelling bee champion from among 49 top spellers in Rock Island, Henry and Mercer counties. He advances to the competition in Washington, D.C. Runnerup was Ed's sister, Susan.






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