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: Some persons are negotiating for 80 feet of ground on Illinois Street with a view of erecting four stores thereon. It would serve a better purpose if the money was invested in neat tenement houses.
1889 — 125 years ago: The Central station, car house and stables of the Moline-Rock Island Horse Railway line of the Holmes syndicate, together with 15 cars and 42 head of horses, were destroyed by fire. The loss was at $15,000.
1914 — 100 years ago: Vera Cruz, Mexico, after a day and night of resistance to American forces, gradually ceased opposition. The American forces took complete control of the city.
1939 — 75 years ago: Dr. R. Bruce Collins was reelected for a second term as president of the Lower Rock Island County Tuberculosis Association.
1964 — 50 years ago: Work is scheduled to begin this summer on construction of a new men's residence complex and an addition to the dining facilities at Westerlin Hall at Augustana College.
1989 — 25 years ago: Special Olympics competitors were triple winners at Rock Island High School Saturday. The participants vanquished the rain that fell during the competition, and some won their events; but most important, they triumphed over their own disabilities.




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