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: The female sex seems to have gone crazy on the subject of dry goods. When high prices keep them from increasing their wardrobes, they turn to stealing. Yard goods, hats, shoes and other items are being picked up and carried home.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Members of Everts Commandery No. 18, Knights Templar, under Commander H.C. Cleaveland, marched from the Masonic Temple to Trinity Episcopal Church for their annual Easter services.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Nate Hultgren pitched the Augustana College baseball team to a 10-3 victory over Carthage, striking out 11 men and allowing only four hits.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Marvel Leonhardi, a Rock Island High School senior, was the winner of an essay contest on advertising sponsored by The Argus and Advertising Age, a national advertising publication.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The Augustana College band drew a crowd of 1,200 people for its annual home concert in Centennial Hall. The size of the crowd was indicative of the fact the band is rapidly approaching the stature of the Augustana Choir.
1989 -- 25 years ago: A benefit to raise money for extracurricular activities in the Rock Island Milan School District will be April 27 at the Quad City Downs harness race track. People buying $17.50 tickets to the second annual "Night at the Quad City Downs" will be entitled to an evening of harness racing and dinner.






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