Day in history for May 16, 2004

1854 -- 150 years ago
At a recent election in Moline, James Chapman Esq., was elected Police Magistrate under a law passed at the late session of the legislature; and has the same powers and jurisdiction as justices of the peace.

1879 -- 125 years ago
George and James Willis were up before Squire Hayden today for disorderly conduct. George had bought whiskey for a sick father when James drank it and made a disturbance. George was discharged and James was sent to jail for 60 days.

1904 -- 100 years ago
The Moline board of education raised the salary of teachers in that city in amounts ranging from $2 to $10 per month.

1929 -- 75 years ago
15th Avenue Christian Church, Rock Island, will be formally dedicated May 19.

1954 -- 50 years ago
A $25,000 face lifting is planned for a 12-store area in Rock Island's business district as a result of a contract just signed between Greenleaf Construction Co., Rock Island, and Frank Skafidas and son, George Skafidas, owners of business interests on 3rd Avenue and 20th Street.

1979 -- 25 years ago
Residents arrived in downtown Geneseo this morning to find a favorite family restaurant and coffee-break spot closed. The inside of the Iron Kettle Restaurant, 103 E. Exchange St., was ruined by a fire that apparently started near the kitchen. No one was inside the building when the blaze started, and no damage estimate was available late this morning.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: The weather is discouraging for our great Democratic rally tomorrow, but never mind that. Let our Rock Island people show they can make a big procession themselves, rain or shine.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Apparatus arrived for drilling an artesian well on the premises of George Warner's Atlantic Brewery.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The German army continued its attacks on the allies line near the Belgian coast.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The farm home of Mr. and Mrs. Gus Zachert northwest of Buffalo Prairie, burned to the ground.
1964 -- 50 years ago: WVIK-FM, noncommercial educational radio station at Augustana College, will return to the air tomorrow. The station operates at a power of 10 watts at 90.9 megacycles on the frequency modulation band. The station is operated with a staff of 92 students.
1989 -- 25 years ago: An avenue of lights, 13 Christmas trees strung with more than 44,000 sparkling lights, will expand the Festival of Trees beyond the walls of RiverCenter in downtown Davenport in mid-November.


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