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: Never in the history of Rock Island was there such a demand for houses as at present. Our city is suffering for the want of suitable tenement houses.

1889 — 125 years ago: The choir of Central Presbyterian Church presented a ladies concert under the direction of S.T. Bowlby.

1914 — 100 years ago: Miss Rosella Benson was elected president of the Standard Bearers of Spencer Memorial Methodist Church.

1939 — 75 years ago: Mrs. Nell Clapper was elected president of the Rock Island Business and Professional Women's Club.

1964 — 50 years ago: Gerald Hickman, of Seattle, Wash, will move his family to Rock Island to assume the position of produce buyer for the Eagle Food Center chain of food stores. This announcement was made today by Bernard Weindruch, president of Eagles.

1989 — 25 years ago: Care & Share, formed in 1984 to provide food to jobless and needy Quad-Citians, will disband because the major part of a crisis created by plant closings is over. Food for the needy is still necessary. So groups separately will continue to raise money and collect food.

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