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: A fine lumber mill is on the course of erection at Andalusia. A flouring mill at that location is doing a fine business.
1889 — 125 years ago: J.B. Lidders, past captain of Beardsley Camp, Sons of Veterans, returned from Paterson, N.Y., where he attended the National Sons of Veterans encampments.
1914 — 100 years ago: President Wilson announced that he had received from the imperial chancellor of Germany a noncommittal reply to his inquiry into a report that the emperor was willing to discuss terms of peace.
1939 — 75 years ago: Delegates at the Illinois Conference of the Methodist Church in Springfield voted to raise the minimum pay of ministers so that every pastor would get at least $1,000 annually.
1964 — 50 years ago: An audience of more than 2,600 persons jammed into the Davenport RKO Orpheum theater with a shoe horn feasted on a Miller-Diller evening that was a killer night. Phyllis Diller sent the audience with her offbeat humor. And send them she did! It was Miss Diller's third appearance in the Quad-Cities area.
1989 — 25 years ago: A few years ago, a vacant lot on 7th Avenue and 14th Street in Rock Island was a community nuisance. Weeds grew as high 18 inches. Today, the lot has a new face, thanks to Michael and Sheila Rind and other neighbors who helped them turn it into a park three weeks ago.





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