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: A corps of surgeons now occupies the new hospital quarters at the Garrison Hospital on the Rock Island Arsenal. A fence has been installed to enclose the prison hospital.
1889 -- 125 years ago: B. Winter has let a contract to Christ Schreiner for a two story brick building with a double store front on the south side of 3rd Avenue just west of 17th Street. The estimated cost was $4,500.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Germany sent simultaneous ultimatums to Russia and France, demanding that Russia suspend mobilization within 12 hours and demanding that France inform Germany within 18 hours. In the case of war between Germany and Russia, France would remain neutral.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Civil service offices at the post office and the Rock Island Arsenal were swamped as more than 700 youths sought 15 machinist apprenticeships at the Arsenal.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Last night, American Legion Post 246 in Moline figuratively handed over the trousers to a female ex-Marine and petticoat rule began. Olga Swanson, of Moline, was installed as the first woman commander of the post .
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illinois Quad City Civic Center captured the excitement and interest of a convention of auditorium managers this weekend in Reno, Nev. Bill Adams, civic center authority chairman, said the 10,000-seat arena planned for downtown Moline has caught the eye of construction firms, suppliers, management teams and concession groups.








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