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 Chicago and Rock Island Railroad will carry all who wish to attend the Chicago convention for half fare — that is, full fare to Chicago and return free.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Hardy Hetter, for several years yardmaster in the Burlington Railroad yards in Rock Island and Moline, was transferred to Beardstown. He was succeeded here by J.E. Albrecht.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Corn was estimated at 50 percent of the normal crop in Rock Island County by Crop Correspondent Thomas Campbell.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Robert Carroll, 12-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Farr Carroll, of near Aledo, won the grand championship of the Mercer County baby beef show with "Fat Stuff."
1964 -- 50 years ago: About 250 persons attended the first in a series of horse shows at the Hillandale Stables off Knoxville Road near Milan on Saturday afternoon and evening.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Ground was broken this morning for the $4.5 million Rock Valley Business Park near Rock Valley Plaza, Rock Island. The first building is 17,000 square feet for offices and a warehouse and should be completed by Dec. 1.




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