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: Everybody is invited to go on a moonlight excursion next Monday evening on the steamer New Boston. The trip will be from Davenport to Muscatine and back.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The mayor and bridge committee let a contract to the Clinton Bridge company for a $1,125 iron bridge across Sears canal near Milan.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Injunction proceedings to compel the Central Association to keep a baseball team in Rock Island for the remainder of the season were contemplated by some of the Rock Island fans, but they decided to defer action.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The first of the new and more powerful diesel engines built for the Rock Island Lines for the proposed Chicago-Denver run, passed thru the Tri-Cities this morning.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The Rock Island Rescue Mission is negotiating for the purchase of the Prince Hall Masonic Home located at 37th Avenue and 5th Street, Rock Island.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Quad Cities Container Terminal is being lauded as a giant business boon that will save several days and hundreds of dollars on each goods shipment to the coasts. The Quad Cities Container Terminal is the final piece of the puzzle that opens up increase access to world markets, Robert Goldstein said.

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