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: It is estimated that 300,000 people attended the recent Democratic convention in Chicago when Gen. George B. McClellan of New Jersey was nominated as a candidate for president of the United States.
1889 — 125 years ago: Alderman Frank Ill, Winslow Howard and Captain J.M. Montgomery returned from Milwaukee, where they attended the national Grand Army of the Republic encampment.
1914 — 100 years ago: Three members of the Rock Island YMCA accepted positions as physical directors of other associations. Albert Cook went to Kewanee, C.D. Curtis to Canton and Willis Woods to Leavenworth, Kan.
1939 — 75 years ago: Former President Herbert Hoover appealed for national support of President F.D. Roosevelt and Congress in every effort to keep the United States out of war.
1964 — 50 years ago: The Rock Island Junior chamber pf Commerce has received answers to about 65 % of the 600 questionnaires mailed out recently in a "Community Attitude Survey" to analyze sentiments of citizens towards their city's various recreational, educational, and civic service programs.
1989 — 25 years ago: The two thunderstorms passing through the Quad Cities last night and early today left some area residents reaching for their flashlights.






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