Day in history for May 28, 2004

1854 -- 150 years ago
Temperance societies are being formed in every part of Illinois. These political-moral alliances will introduce a disturbing element into elections for perhaps decades to come.

1879 -- 125 years ago
The Moline police have moved into new quarters over Morris' Bakery.

1904 -- 100 years ago
Rock Island's Mayor George Washington McCaskrin has changed his plans. Instead of running for governor, he has announced himself as a candidate for the legislature.

1929 -- 75 years ago
Miss Peggy Montgomery, film actress, arrived for a visit with her parents in Rock Island.

1954 -- 50 years ago
An inventory was being taken today to determine the extent of the loss of the P.R. Swanson And Sons Case Implement establishment, Woodhull, which was gutted by a fire of mysterious origin at 4:30 a.m. Wednesday. The establishment is operated by Mr. Swanson and his sons, Leo and Ray.

1979 -- 25 years ago
Union and city officials announced the beginning of a study that could result in construction of a $10 million residential complex in downtown Rock Island. The project, including 108 apartments, 20 townhouses, tennis courts and a revolving rooftop restaurant, is being sponsored by Carpenters' Union Local 166. Plans call for the complex to be built between 1st and 2nd Avenues, and between 19th and 20th Streets, across the street from an area being eyed by Carson Pirie Scott And Co. for a department store.

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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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