Day in history for May 22, 2004

1854 -- 150 years ago
President Franklin Pierce has vetoed a bill passed by Congress which would have distributed 10 million acres of land among the states to establish funds for the care of the poor insane.

1879 -- 125 years ago
Mrs. Captain Bates, who is 7 feet 9 inches tall, recently gave birth to a baby weighing 23 1/2 pounds. Mrs. Bates, the giantess, will be on exhibit in Davenport next month.

1904 -- 100 years ago
A gang of 35 Austrians arrived by steamboat in Davenport today, saying that an agent in St. Louis had told them there would be work for them in Davenport. The men are sleeping on the Scott County Courthouse lawn while authorities try to find jobs for them.

1929 -- 75 years ago
Wilmer T. Cox, Rock Island, a former ensign in the U.S. Navy, collapsed in a New York hotel and died in a hospital.

1954 -- 50 years ago
Pay Hayes, 15-year-old Moline High School junior Latin student, was advised she had placed first in the state Latin contest, conducted earlier this month in Bloomington.

1979 -- 25 years ago
When a confused driver smashed into Bill and Lolly's Tap at 621 4th Ave., Moline, last year, more than dust was stirred up. A solid brass cash register, barely visible under layers of dirt and grime, tumbled into the sunlight for the first time in almost 100 years. During reconstruction, more goodies were found in the old tavern's walls.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: It is rumored in the streets that the 13 negroes sent to Quincy on the Moline quota were refused. We think this must be a mistake.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Harvey McKenna, of Detroit, billiard player matched to play Wizard Schafer in New York in January for the world championship, was a professional friend and manager, Billy Catton in Rock Island.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Levi Cralle, former Rock Island county sheriff, had come from his farm near Mitchell, S.D. to visit friends in the city.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Work is being rushed on the new high school building in Orion to replace the one destroyed by fire last winter. Classes are being held in churches.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Rehearsals for the 84th season of the Handel Oratorio Society chorus will begin at 7:30 p.m. Monday on the stage of Centennial Hall, Augustana College.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Rock Island City Council's plan announced this week to have the federal government vacate Valley Homes public housing and move residents to Arsenal Courts to reduce density may not be feasible.






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