Day in history for May 25, 2004

1854 -- 150 years ago
The first of the new $3 gold pieces have arrived. One side has an Indian head, the other side bears a wreath of wheat, corn, oak leaves and acorns.

1879 -- 125 years ago
The decision has been made to light all the main streets of Washington with electric lights.

1904 -- 100 years ago
The Rev. R.F. Sweet, rector of Trinity Episcopal Church, has resigned because of ill health.

1929 -- 75 years ago
The cornerstone of the Scottish Rite Cathedral in Moline was laid at impressive Masonic ceremonies.

1954 -- 50 years ago
A U.S. Appeals Court rejected an Illinois doctor's contention that the draft of doctors is unconstitutional. The court refused a writ of habeas corpus to free Dr. William R. Bertelsen of Moline and Neponset from the Army. Bertelsen is serving as a private at Fort Sam Houston, Texas, because he refused a commission.

1979 -- 25 years ago
A wide-bodied DC-10 jetliner crashed into a fireball Friday seconds after takeoff from Chicago's O'Hare International Airport in the worst air disaster in U.S. history. There were no survivors. The death toll was set by American Airlines at 272, 259 passengers, three crew members and 10 flight attendants. Flight 191, bound for Los Angeles, lost a left wing engine and veered to the left as it took off from runway 32-R. It came down almost in the middle of three mobile home parks 1 1/2 miles from the field.

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1864 — 150 years ago: Never in the history of Rock Island was there such a demand for houses as at present. Our city is suffering for the want of suitable tenement houses.

1889 — 125 years ago: The choir of Central Presbyterian Church presented a ladies concert under the direction of S.T. Bowlby.

1914 — 100 years ago: Miss Rosella Benson was elected president of the Standard Bearers of Spencer Memorial Methodist Church.

1939 — 75 years ago: Mrs. Nell Clapper was elected president of the Rock Island Business and Professional Women's Club.

1964 — 50 years ago: Gerald Hickman, of Seattle, Wash, will move his family to Rock Island to assume the position of produce buyer for the Eagle Food Center chain of food stores. This announcement was made today by Bernard Weindruch, president of Eagles.

1989 — 25 years ago: Care & Share, formed in 1984 to provide food to jobless and needy Quad-Citians, will disband because the major part of a crisis created by plant closings is over. Food for the needy is still necessary. So groups separately will continue to raise money and collect food.




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