Day in history for May 2, 2004

1854 -- 150 years ago
A Davenport newspaper says ''the Rock Island railroad on Monday landed 400 passengers in Davenport.'' We thought the Rock Island depot was in Rock Island. There is no railroad to Davenport yet.

1879 -- 125 years ago
Our poormaster gave a jobless man $5 for ''the necessities of life.'' So the man used the money to take unto himself a wife.

1904 -- 100 years ago
Dexter, Billy and Doc, the faithful horses of the Rock Island Police Department, are to be retired.

1929 -- 75 years ago
The county will pay $1,000 toward right-of-way which will make possible the cutting down and paving of Carbon Cliff hill.

1954 -- 50 years ago
Moline swimming pool will pay off the last of its bonds this year and hereafter will be budgeted as part of the playground and recreation department instead of as a separate item on the city's financial picture. The last bonds, $3,000 worth, in addition to $120 in interest, will be liquidated during the coming fiscal year.

1979 -- 25 years ago
About 40 gallons of highly toxic, flammable rocket fuel which leaked onto the ground at a Milan trucking company terminal has been completely neutralized. The leak of the chemical anhydrous hydrazine began at the BAndN Transport, Inc. terminal at 727 W. 9th St. about 7:30 a.m. It took trucking company employees and members of the Black Hawk Fire Department about 12 hours to wash away the spill.

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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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