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: Journeymen shoemakers of Rock Island struck for higher wages yesterday morning, asking 25 percent increases. Employers have acceded to their demand.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Lighting struck wires of the Merchants Electric Light Co. during a furious storm, and many Rock Island business houses were compelled to resort to gas as a means of illumination.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Members of the First Church of Christ, Scientist, decided to erect a new edifice at a cost of about $60,000.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Willard Anderson, junior forward for the Augustana College basketball team, which won 17 out of 22 contests, was elected captain of the quintet.
1964 -- 50 years ago: John Hoffman, Moline, president of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts, will be honored for his 50 years in scouting by members of the council at a dinner Thursday evening.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Quad-Cities has what is believed to be the area's first elite-class gymnast. It's the stuff upon which Olympic competitors are made. Tiffany Chapman, of Rock Island, not only has earned the highest possible gymnast ranking, she won the honor at age 11.






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