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: We are informed by J.H. Hull that the reason the street sprinkler was not at work yesterday settling the dust on the streets, was because one of his horses was injured.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Bonnie McGregor, a fleet-footed stallion owned by S.W. Wheelock of this community, covered himself with glory at Lexington, Ky, when he ran a mile in 2:13 1/2. The horse's value was estimated as at least $50,000.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Troops are pouring into Paris to prepare for defense of the city. The German army is reported to be only 60 miles from the capital of France.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The German army has invaded Poland in undeclared warfare. Poland has appealed to Great Britain and France for aid.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Publication of a plant newspaper, the Farmall Works News, has been launched at the Rock Island IHC factory and replaces a managerial newsletter.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Officials predict Monday's Rock Island Labor Parade will be the biggest and best ever. Last minute work continues on floats and costumes for the parade, which steps off a 9:30 a.m.




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