Day in history for May 23, 2004

1854 -- 150 years ago
Kit Atkinson says people need not hesitate to erect buildings for want of bricks, or lime, as he has on hand and will keep at his brick yard a constant supply of both.

1879 -- 125 years ago
The man who wanted a servant advertised for a ''middle-aged single woman'' doesn't understand why he has received no applications for the position.

1904 -- 100 years ago
That gas stove you have been thinking of putting in your home this summer has arrived. You will find it at the office of the People's Power Company on 17th Street, Rock Island.

1929 -- 75 years ago
Cigarette smoking by mothers was denounced by George D. Long, judge of Rock Island County court.

1954 -- 50 years ago
``He's having the time of his life here at home,'' states Mrs. Royt Brodie, mother of Rodney Dee Brodie, famed surviving half of Siamese twins born in Rock Island nearly three years ago. Rodney, who has undergone extensive surgery since his separation from his brother Roger about 18 months ago, is growing up like any other child with the exception that he has an incomplete skull. Roger did not survive the history-making separation surgery.

1979 -- 25 years ago
They're here. Right here in River City. Chokecherry trees. Seven of them. Smack dab on Metro Center Plaza, folks. Their sinister berries may already be forming to dirty the new aggregate sidewalks and lure messy birds to their branches.

Back: Available days in May 2004



Local events heading








  Today is Wednesday, July 30, the 211th day of 2014. There are 154 days left in the year.
1864 -- 150 years ago: After Sept. 1, every small box of matches will be required to have a 3 cent duty Lincoln stamp on it, and every large box will be one cent for every 100 matches.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Rock Island residents had contributed a total of $1,293 to the American Red Cross for the Johnstown flood relief fund.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Capt. Clark Means, new darkhorse twirler for the ARGUS staff, was in great form in his initial contest as a mound laborer. The result was that THE ARGUS trimmed the Union 6-5.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Hunter and Humprey Moody, young Decatur, Ill, brothers, lack only a few hours of establishing a new world light plane endurance record.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Gates of the 110th annual Mercer County Fair swing open tonight at Aledo for a full week of day and night activity. More that $36,000 will be paid in premiums and race purses.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The baseball field carved out of the cornfield near Dyersville, Iowa, continues to keep dreams alive for hundreds of visitors. Tourists from 26 state and France have visited Dan Lansing's farm to see the baseball diamond seen in the hit movie "Field of Dreams."






(More History)