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: 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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