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 rumored in the streets that the 13 negroes sent to Quincy on the Moline quota were refused. We think this must be a mistake.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Harvey McKenna, of Detroit, billiard player matched to play Wizard Schafer in New York in January for the world championship, was a professional friend and manager, Billy Catton in Rock Island.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Levi Cralle, former Rock Island county sheriff, had come from his farm near Mitchell, S.D. to visit friends in the city.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Work is being rushed on the new high school building in Orion to replace the one destroyed by fire last winter. Classes are being held in churches.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Rehearsals for the 84th season of the Handel Oratorio Society chorus will begin at 7:30 p.m. Monday on the stage of Centennial Hall, Augustana College.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Rock Island City Council's plan announced this week to have the federal government vacate Valley Homes public housing and move residents to Arsenal Courts to reduce density may not be feasible.






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