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: The store of Devoe and Crampton was entered and robbed of about $500 worth of gold pens and pocket cutlery last night.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Michael Malloy was named president of the Tri-City Stone Cutters Union.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Dewitte C. Poole, former Moline newspaperman serving as vice consul general for the United States government in Paris, declared in a letter to friends that the once gay Paris is a city of sadness and desolation.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans for the construction of an $80,000 wholesale bakery at 2011 4th Ave. were announced by Harry and Nick Coin, of Rock Island. It is to be known as the Banquet Bakery.
1964 -- 50 years ago: An application has been filed for a state permit to organize a savings and loan association in Moline, it was announced. The applicants are Ben Butterworth, A.B. Lundahl, C. Richard Evans, John Harris, George Crampton and William Getz, all of Moline, Charles Roberts, Rock Island, and Charles Johnson, of Hampton.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Indian summer is quickly disappearing as temperatures slide into the 40s and 50s this week. Last week, highs were in the 80s.


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