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: A mad dog was shot in Davenport after biting several other canines and snapping at several children. The police should abate this nuisance — there are about 500 dogs in this city that ought to be killed at once.
1889 — 125 years ago: Track laying operations on 2nd Avenue, stopped by the Moline-Rock Island company last spring for lack of rail, have been resumed.
1914 — 100 years ago: Bulletins allowed to come through the strong continental censorship of all war news indicated that Germany was advancing with a dash against both Russia and France.
1939 — 75 years ago: Emil J Klein, of Rock Island, was elected commander of Rock Island Post 200, American Legion.
1964 — 50 years ago: Members of the Davenport police department and their families are being invited to the department's family picnic to be held Aug. 27 at the Mississippi Valley Fairgrounds.
1989 — 25 years ago: Beginning this fall, Black Hawk College will offer a continuing education course in horseback riding at the Wright Way Equestrian Center, Moline, located just east of the Deere Administration Center.




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