Day in history for May 26, 2004

1854 -- 150 years ago
A party of ladies and gentlemen of Rock Island and Davenport took a pleasure trip to Muscatine on the new ferry steamer John Wilson. They amused themselves by dancing in the fine saloon of the boat and at the Ogilvie House, where they took tea.

1879 -- 125 years ago
A jury in circuit court found John Kavanaugh and Paddy Heeney guilty of the murder of Policeman Joseph Rosenfield, who was attacked without reason on a Rock Island street and killed by four roughs. Two other suspects will be tried next week.

1904 -- 100 years ago
A large class of grammar school graduates, totaling 179, will receive diplomas June 3, in Rock Island.

1929 -- 75 years ago
Miss Ernestine C. Stanford of Rock Island accepted a position as supervisor of weekday schools of religion in this city.

1954 -- 50 years ago
Davenport city hall employees have contributed $95 to help Joshua Roberts, city hall custodian, and his family travel to Washington, D.C., June 4 to see son Earl graduate from the Howard University Medical School.

1979 -- 25 years ago
Todd Rosenthal of Moline captured a gold medal in the finals of the 105.5-pound weight class in Greco-Roman competition at the Junior Pan Am Games in Monterey, Mexico. Rosenthal pinned wrestlers from Venezuela and Mexico in route to the finals, where he defeated a Canadian. Rosenthal won a bronze medal in the same event a year ago at Caracus, Venezuela.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: We learn that it is a contemplation to start a paper mill in Rock Island during the summer by a gentleman from the East.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The gates of Oklahoma were swung open at noon today, and a throng of more than 30,000 settlers started over its soil.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Iowa Coliseum Co. was incorporated with $40,000 capital and planned a building on 4th Street between Warren and Green streets in Davenport.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans are being discussed for resurfacing the streets in the entire downtown district of Rock Island.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Some 45 jobs will be created at J.I. Case Co.'s Rock Island plant in a expansion of operations announced yesterday afternoon at the firm's headquarters in Racine, Wis.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Gardeners and farmers cheered, but not all Quad-Citians found joy Saturday as more than an inch of rain fell on the area. Motorists faced dangerous, rain-slick roads as the water activated grease and grime that had built up during dry weather.








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