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: A mad dog was shot in Davenport after biting several other canines and snapping at several children. The police should abate this nuisance — there are about 500 dogs in this city that ought to be killed at once.
1889 — 125 years ago: Track laying operations on 2nd Avenue, stopped by the Moline-Rock Island company last spring for lack of rail, have been resumed.
1914 — 100 years ago: Bulletins allowed to come through the strong continental censorship of all war news indicated that Germany was advancing with a dash against both Russia and France.
1939 — 75 years ago: Emil J Klein, of Rock Island, was elected commander of Rock Island Post 200, American Legion.
1964 — 50 years ago: Members of the Davenport police department and their families are being invited to the department's family picnic to be held Aug. 27 at the Mississippi Valley Fairgrounds.
1989 — 25 years ago: Beginning this fall, Black Hawk College will offer a continuing education course in horseback riding at the Wright Way Equestrian Center, Moline, located just east of the Deere Administration Center.




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