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.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: The ladies have adopted the fashion of wearing representations of insects in the flowers on their bonnets. Some look very natural.
1889 -- 125 years ago: T.F. Cary, former Rock Island alderman, has accepted a position as salesman for a Chicago wallpaper house and plans to move to that city.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Work on the new telephone building on 18th Street between 6th and 7th avenues is progressing rapidly.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Rock Island's new theater at 3rd Avenue and 19th Street will have a name significant of its location. The "Rocket" is scheduled to open Thanksgiving Day.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Two of Rock Island's newest water towers were vandalized last night, including the one at 38th Street and 31st Avenue, where police took five Moline boys into custody about 9 p.m..
1989 -- 25 years ago: Some of us who live in the Quad-Cities take the Mississippi River for granted, or at least we used to. But the river is not taken for granted by our visitors. And most Quad-Citians are realizing the importance of the river to this area as increased emphasis is placed on tourism.







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