Day in history for May 13, 2004

1854 -- 150 years ago
The Argus said, editorially: ``With no bounds to the space back of Rock Island for the spread of the city and none back of Davenport, it is folly to advocate the sale of Rock Island, which must be preserved as the future site of a national armory and arsenal.

1879 -- 125 years ago
Grand celebration of the opening of the new Rodman Rifles armory and city hall will be held the evening of June 5. Tickets will be $2 each and supper will be extra.

1904 -- 100 years ago
John P. Newburg, Rock Island inventor, is selling stock at $5 each in his airship. He hopes to win a $100,000 prize at the world's fair. He is conducting his experiments on Carr's Island, between Rock Island and Milan.

1929 -- 75 years ago
Contracts for $60,000 worth of remodeling of the former Illinois Theater building have been let. The building, on the southeast corner of 2nd Avenue and 16th Street, Rock Island, will be occupied by Montgomery, Ward And Co.

1954 -- 50 years ago
The life savings of Mike Puente, 65, Bettendorf, have been stolen. A thief broke into Puente's room and stole $1,925 from a dresser drawer. Puente kept the money in his room, he said, because he doesn't trust banks.

1979 -- 25 years ago
International Harvester plants in East Moline, Rock Island, Canton and Memphis, Tenn., soon will begin manufacturing machinery to fully equip a farming commune in the People's Republic of China.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: The female sex seems to have gone crazy on the subject of dry goods. When high prices keep them from increasing their wardrobes, they turn to stealing. Yard goods, hats, shoes and other items are being picked up and carried home.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Members of Everts Commandery No. 18, Knights Templar, under Commander H.C. Cleaveland, marched from the Masonic Temple to Trinity Episcopal Church for their annual Easter services.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Nate Hultgren pitched the Augustana College baseball team to a 10-3 victory over Carthage, striking out 11 men and allowing only four hits.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Marvel Leonhardi, a Rock Island High School senior, was the winner of an essay contest on advertising sponsored by The Argus and Advertising Age, a national advertising publication.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The Augustana College band drew a crowd of 1,200 people for its annual home concert in Centennial Hall. The size of the crowd was indicative of the fact the band is rapidly approaching the stature of the Augustana Choir.
1989 -- 25 years ago: A benefit to raise money for extracurricular activities in the Rock Island Milan School District will be April 27 at the Quad City Downs harness race track. People buying $17.50 tickets to the second annual "Night at the Quad City Downs" will be entitled to an evening of harness racing and dinner.






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