Day in history for May 17, 2004

1854 -- 150 years ago
John Butler of Rock Island and his partner, Mr. Crooke from Prophetstown, left this week with a drove of 325 young cattle for California. They had a considerable number of ox teams to haul baggage. We wish them a pleasant journey across the plains.

1879 -- 125 years ago
Although the county board has a Republican majority, the supervisors have re-elected James Taylor, a Democrat, as chairman.

1904 -- 100 years ago
John Looney, self-styled political leader, was beaten at every turn by vote of delegates as he tried to run the Rock Island County Democratic convention.

1929 -- 75 years ago
King Edwards of Rock Island High School won second place in the 120-yard high hurdles race in the Illinois track and field meet.

1954 -- 50 years ago
Weighing in at a total of 16 pounds and 10 ounces, twins born Monday night to Mr. and Mrs. William J. Polka, 3925 31st Ave., Rock Island, are the largest ever to be delivered in St. Anthony's Hospital. Kevin Allen weighed 8 pounds and 8 ounces and Mary Ann weighed 8 pounds and 2 ounces.

1979 -- 25 years ago
Moline Fire Inspector Lt. Blaine Johnson said he and a state police officer removed an old and potentially dangerous bottle of picric acid from Moline Public Hospital. The acid, available in liquid and powder form, is stable until it gets old and begins to turn yellow and crystallize. When it starts to crystallize, then it becomes explosive.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Miss McCorkindale has opened millinery rooms over Gimbel's dry goods store, where she offers a choice lot of millinery goods, which she will manufacture to order.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The little South Park Presbyterian chapel celebrated it first Easter decorated with flowers for an afternoon worship service attended by a large congregation.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Wennerberg Chorus of Augustana College has returned from a 2,000-mile tour in the Eastern states and Illinois.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Col. Charles Lindbergh has stated that he is convinced that Germany's air force is equal to the combined sky fleets of her potential European foes.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Small gas motors may be permitted on boats in the lake to be built in Loud Thunder Forest Preserve. The prospect was discussed yesterday at a meeting of the Rock Island County Forest Preserve Commission.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The annual Dispatch/Rock Island Argus Spelling Bee continues to be a family tradition. Ed Lee, an eighth-grader at John Deere Junior High School, Moline, is the 1989 spelling bee champion from among 49 top spellers in Rock Island, Henry and Mercer counties. He advances to the competition in Washington, D.C. Runnerup was Ed's sister, Susan.






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