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: It is rumored in the streets that the 13 negroes sent to Quincy on the Moline quota were refused. We think this must be a mistake.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Harvey McKenna, of Detroit, billiard player matched to play Wizard Schafer in New York in January for the world championship, was a professional friend and manager, Billy Catton in Rock Island.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Levi Cralle, former Rock Island county sheriff, had come from his farm near Mitchell, S.D. to visit friends in the city.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Work is being rushed on the new high school building in Orion to replace the one destroyed by fire last winter. Classes are being held in churches.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Rehearsals for the 84th season of the Handel Oratorio Society chorus will begin at 7:30 p.m. Monday on the stage of Centennial Hall, Augustana College.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Rock Island City Council's plan announced this week to have the federal government vacate Valley Homes public housing and move residents to Arsenal Courts to reduce density may not be feasible.






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