Day in history for May 12, 2004

1854 -- 150 years ago
A strong resolution against the Rock Island bridge now being built across the Mississippi has been adopted by the St. Louis chamber of commerce, which calls the bridge an obstruction to navigation.

1879 -- 125 years ago
A covered wagon, coming from Iowa and heading east, had this sign on it: ''Going back to my wife's people.''

1904 -- 100 years ago
Dr. C.G. Craig, Jr., city health commissioner, has ordered the filling of a drinking well on 8th Ave. and 11th St., Rock Island, after tests indicated that the well is responsible for eight cases of typhoid fever in Rock Island.

1929 -- 75 years ago
Ten men were arrested in Davenport in a series of liquor raids by 15 federal and state prohibition agents.

1954 -- 50 years ago
A former Rock Island man was the hero of an emergency landing of a Boeing Stratocruiser at New York International Airport. Capt. Cameron Walker, a native of Milan, brought the giant Pan American World Airways transport in for a safe landing in spite of a damaged nosewheel that might have caused a wreck.

1979 -- 25 years ago
The new owner of what was formerly Rock Island's most famed brothel says the buildings can be turned into an office complex if the city will allow him to keep the structures boarded up six more months. R. Victor Hanks, of Moline, owns the houses at 310, 312 and 314 22nd St., commonly known as the former Jenny Mills brothel.

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1864 — 150 years ago: It is estimated that 300,000 people attended the recent Democratic convention in Chicago when Gen. George B. McClellan of New Jersey was nominated as a candidate for president of the United States.
1889 — 125 years ago: Alderman Frank Ill, Winslow Howard and Captain J.M. Montgomery returned from Milwaukee, where they attended the national Grand Army of the Republic encampment.
1914 — 100 years ago: Three members of the Rock Island YMCA accepted positions as physical directors of other associations. Albert Cook went to Kewanee, C.D. Curtis to Canton and Willis Woods to Leavenworth, Kan.
1939 — 75 years ago: Former President Herbert Hoover appealed for national support of President F.D. Roosevelt and Congress in every effort to keep the United States out of war.
1964 — 50 years ago: The Rock Island Junior chamber pf Commerce has received answers to about 65 % of the 600 questionnaires mailed out recently in a "Community Attitude Survey" to analyze sentiments of citizens towards their city's various recreational, educational, and civic service programs.
1989 — 25 years ago: The two thunderstorms passing through the Quad Cities last night and early today left some area residents reaching for their flashlights.






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