Day in history for May 14, 2004

1854 -- 150 years ago
A new post office has been established at Booth's in Rock Island County and is called Mercia. George W. Booth has been appointed postmaster. Copper Creek post office has been moved from Mercer County to this county, and David Murdock appointed postmaster.

1879 -- 125 years ago
Charitable ladies of Rock Island will continue their industrial schools, where on Saturdays poor girls are taught how to make their own clothing. At times there are 125 pupils.

1904 -- 100 years ago
The Rev. C.E. Hoffsten and his Chicago bride of last week were welcomed by members of Grace Lutheran Church, 7th Avenue and 44th Street, Rock Island.

1929 -- 75 years ago
John Gamble, 87, Moline, a veteran of the Civil War, died. For 40 years he was a guard at the Moline bridge to Rock Island Arsenal.

1954 -- 50 years ago
Ten days work was done in 48 hours as The Argus changed to new type and size. Credit herewith is given to the Robert Rote Company, Rock Island, which successfully accomplished the job along with a Chicago press erector of the Goss Press Company and Argus employees. Because of their work, readers of The Argus now read a newspaper that offers the most modern type faces and proportioned page size.

1979 -- 25 years ago
Project Now has bought Our Lady of Guadalupe's old parish hall, 132 4th St., Silvis, and plans to turn the historic building into a community center.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: The ferry boat, Rock Island, having been put in good order at the boat yard is now making her regular trips, much to the gratification of those who have to cross the river.
1889 -- 125 years ago: W.J. Gamble, for many years superintendent of the Moline & Rock Island railway, leased the Fourth Avenue Hotel and renovated and refurnished it throughout.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Pending the building of new public schools or additions to the present ones to provide adequate room for all the children, the board of education decided that pupils younger than 6 years old would not be accepted in Rock Island schools.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The fifth annual New Windsor Fair and Horse show, which has been delayed for two days because of unfavorable weather, got off to a new start last night. The parade was held this morning.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The Rock Island County Fair and Rodeo will celebrate its silver anniversary this year. The fair opens Tuesday and will run through Saturday and offers entertainment and activity for young and old.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Earl Hanson School, Rock Island, joins the Program to Assist Latch Key Student, which aids working parents. PALS is a before and after school program for grades 1-6 in certain Rock Island public and private schools.




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