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: We are told league merchants have paid no attention to the prohibition on selling ammunition, but continue to sell just as before the order was issued.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The Rev. R.F. Sweet, rector of Trinity Episcopal Parish, left for the East to visit his boyhood home in Boston before attending the general convention of the Episcopal Church in New York.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Dr. E.A. Anderson was named to succeed Dr. E.L. Kerns as head physician of the Modern Woodmen of America, and moved to Rock Island from Holdingford, Minn.
1939 -- 75 years ago: One week late, because of the outbreak of war, Dr. E.L. Beyer resumed his work as professor of romance languages at Augustana College. Dr. and Mrs. Beyer left Germany on the last train to the Belgian border.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Employees in Turnstyle stores in Moline and Davenport will vote Oct. 2 in an election set up by the Chicago regional office of the National Labor Relations Board. Employees will vote either for the Retail Clerk International or for no union.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Rock Island High School is considering a step to help teen moms stay in school and get their diploma. The school board is expected to vote tonight on instituting an on-site child care center.




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