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: It is estimated that 300,000 people attended the recent Democratic convention in Chicago when Gen. George B. McClellan of New Jersey was nominated as a candidate for president of the United States.
1889 — 125 years ago: Alderman Frank Ill, Winslow Howard and Captain J.M. Montgomery returned from Milwaukee, where they attended the national Grand Army of the Republic encampment.
1914 — 100 years ago: Three members of the Rock Island YMCA accepted positions as physical directors of other associations. Albert Cook went to Kewanee, C.D. Curtis to Canton and Willis Woods to Leavenworth, Kan.
1939 — 75 years ago: Former President Herbert Hoover appealed for national support of President F.D. Roosevelt and Congress in every effort to keep the United States out of war.
1964 — 50 years ago: The Rock Island Junior chamber pf Commerce has received answers to about 65 % of the 600 questionnaires mailed out recently in a "Community Attitude Survey" to analyze sentiments of citizens towards their city's various recreational, educational, and civic service programs.
1989 — 25 years ago: The two thunderstorms passing through the Quad Cities last night and early today left some area residents reaching for their flashlights.






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