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: 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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