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: We are informed by J.H. Hull that the reason the street sprinkler was not at work yesterday settling the dust on the streets, was because one of his horses was injured.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Bonnie McGregor, a fleet-footed stallion owned by S.W. Wheelock of this community, covered himself with glory at Lexington, Ky, when he ran a mile in 2:13 1/2. The horse's value was estimated as at least $50,000.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Troops are pouring into Paris to prepare for defense of the city. The German army is reported to be only 60 miles from the capital of France.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The German army has invaded Poland in undeclared warfare. Poland has appealed to Great Britain and France for aid.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Publication of a plant newspaper, the Farmall Works News, has been launched at the Rock Island IHC factory and replaces a managerial newsletter.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Officials predict Monday's Rock Island Labor Parade will be the biggest and best ever. Last minute work continues on floats and costumes for the parade, which steps off a 9:30 a.m.




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