Day in history for May 24, 2004

1854 -- 150 years ago
Boys and girls industriously pick up cornelian stones along the margin of the Mississippi here. In the hands of an artist, the stones can be given a very fine finish. Agates, it is said, can also be found along the river banks.

1879 -- 125 years ago
The annual parade of Rock Island volunteer fire companies was the largest turnout in several years. The mayor and aldermen reviewed the six companies in Market Square.

1904 -- 100 years ago
Rock Island High School athletes won a track and field meet in Galesburg, where 30 other high schools competed. Since Rock Island finished ahead of Pontiac, Rock Island can claim the state championship.

1929 -- 75 years ago
A home for aged and dependent members will be built by Royal Neighbors of America.

1954 -- 50 years ago
Moline police are looking for someone with massive muscles after they found two parking meters literally pulled out by the roots. The meters, one on 12th Street, the other on 13th Street, between 4th and 5th avenues, were found by a police squad.

1979 -- 25 years ago
Rock Island police are investigating a possible theft by someone who could be called a ''Robin Hood of Meat.'' Julia Morales of 1224 1/2 4th Ave. told police that a 17-year-old youth laid a paper sack full of meat outside her door. The youth told Morales he bought her the meat because he had heard she had no food.

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