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: 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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