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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1864 -- 150 years ago: A corps of surgeons now occupies the new hospital quarters at the Garrison Hospital on the Rock Island Arsenal. A fence has been installed to enclose the prison hospital.
1889 -- 125 years ago: B. Winter has let a contract to Christ Schreiner for a two story brick building with a double store front on the south side of 3rd Avenue just west of 17th Street. The estimated cost was $4,500.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Germany sent simultaneous ultimatums to Russia and France, demanding that Russia suspend mobilization within 12 hours and demanding that France inform Germany within 18 hours. In the case of war between Germany and Russia, France would remain neutral.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Civil service offices at the post office and the Rock Island Arsenal were swamped as more than 700 youths sought 15 machinist apprenticeships at the Arsenal.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Last night, American Legion Post 246 in Moline figuratively handed over the trousers to a female ex-Marine and petticoat rule began. Olga Swanson, of Moline, was installed as the first woman commander of the post .
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illinois Quad City Civic Center captured the excitement and interest of a convention of auditorium managers this weekend in Reno, Nev. Bill Adams, civic center authority chairman, said the 10,000-seat arena planned for downtown Moline has caught the eye of construction firms, suppliers, management teams and concession groups.








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