Day in history for May 21, 2004

1854 -- 150 years ago
A man known only as Henry left the Dutch Dance House in Davenport about 9 p.m. and was walking down the bluff in company with a girl when he was struck by a sling shot and then stabbed to the heart with a knife. Suspicion rests on the mate of the steamer Greek Slave, but he has fled.

1879 -- 125 years ago
One Rock Island merchant intends to make a test case of the new Rock Island ordinance against sidewalk obstructions. This businessman's outdoor display tables, boxes and barrels were moved off the sidewalk by police.

1904 -- 100 years ago
According to their custom, 12 dentists of Rock Island have made an agreement to close up their shop every Saturday afternoon during the warm months.

1929 -- 75 years ago
James A. McQuaid, 74, a veteran of the Alaska gold rush, drowned in the Hennepin Canal when he fell from a barge on which he was working. He was a former member of the Milan and county boards.

1954 -- 50 years ago
The ''Katherine Butterworth School'' was designated by the Moline Board of Education as the name of the new grade school to be constructed soon in the Coaltown area south of the city. The name was chosen in memory of the philanthropy and civic leadership of Mrs. Katherine Deere Butterworth, who died recently.

1979 -- 25 years ago
A Moline development firm is seeking a $5.57 million federal loan to buy the LeClaire Hotel and convert the downtown Moline landmark into an apartment building for the elderly.

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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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