Day in history for May 19, 2004

1854 -- 150 years ago
The newest and most fashionable pantaloons are of light grey, with the castle of Heidelberg in blue on one leg and Mount Vesuvius in green and erupting fire, on the other. Neat and not gaudy.

1879 -- 125 years ago
Commencement exercises of the Rock Island High School graduating class of 1879 will take place June 10. Since Ben Harper is considerably interested in educational matters, he probably will permit the use of his elegant opera house for the ceremony.

1904 -- 100 years ago
After Rock Island has raised a fund of $3,000 and had made all preparations for a state convention of Spanish-American War veterans, the convention is called off. The consolidation of three veterans societies in the state had led to a wrangle among officers. No convention is planned for 1904 now.

1929 -- 75 years ago
The Augustana Observer won first place in Illinois for excellent among college newspapers.

1954 -- 50 years ago
Somebody's skull, dug up Sunday at a Rock River camp, was the subject of much speculation today at the Rock Island County Sheriff's office. A spading fork turned up the skull at the camp of Miss Dorothy Loeser on Rock River at 30th Street, Rock Island.

1979 -- 25 years ago
East Moline firefighters estimate damages at $150,000 in the fire that destroyed the interior of Cindy's Restaurant, 42nd Avenue and Kennedy Drive, Monday.

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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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