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: Quite a number of Negroes have lately been brought here by abolition offers returning from the army in violation of the laws of the state.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Miss Tillie Denkmann, of Rock Island, was making plans to accompany a Davenport family on a tour of Europe.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The German advance into Belgium was going apparently without serious check. The American ambassador at Berlin published a denial of the charge that Americans had been ill-treated in Germany.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Seventy-two members of Rock Island High School's 1939 graduating class are preparing to enter college — 34 of them at Augustana.
1964 -- 50 years ago: One of the oldest buildings in Milan, which for a number of years has housed the Milan Hotel, will be razed to make way for a modern, two-story office structure.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Some are blaming it on the sudden influx of insects and the extreme humidity. Still others say the invasion was inspired by a recent movie. But whatever the reason, the Quad-Cities is swarming with bats.




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