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: 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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