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: It is rumored in the streets that the 13 negroes sent to Quincy on the Moline quota were refused. We think this must be a mistake.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Harvey McKenna, of Detroit, billiard player matched to play Wizard Schafer in New York in January for the world championship, was a professional friend and manager, Billy Catton in Rock Island.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Levi Cralle, former Rock Island county sheriff, had come from his farm near Mitchell, S.D. to visit friends in the city.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Work is being rushed on the new high school building in Orion to replace the one destroyed by fire last winter. Classes are being held in churches.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Rehearsals for the 84th season of the Handel Oratorio Society chorus will begin at 7:30 p.m. Monday on the stage of Centennial Hall, Augustana College.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Rock Island City Council's plan announced this week to have the federal government vacate Valley Homes public housing and move residents to Arsenal Courts to reduce density may not be feasible.






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