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: After Sept. 1, every small box of matches will be required to have a 3 cent duty Lincoln stamp on it, and every large box will be one cent for every 100 matches.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Rock Island residents had contributed a total of $1,293 to the American Red Cross for the Johnstown flood relief fund.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Capt. Clark Means, new darkhorse twirler for the ARGUS staff, was in great form in his initial contest as a mound laborer. The result was that THE ARGUS trimmed the Union 6-5.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Hunter and Humprey Moody, young Decatur, Ill, brothers, lack only a few hours of establishing a new world light plane endurance record.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Gates of the 110th annual Mercer County Fair swing open tonight at Aledo for a full week of day and night activity. More that $36,000 will be paid in premiums and race purses.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The baseball field carved out of the cornfield near Dyersville, Iowa, continues to keep dreams alive for hundreds of visitors. Tourists from 26 state and France have visited Dan Lansing's farm to see the baseball diamond seen in the hit movie "Field of Dreams."






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