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: It is rumored in the streets that the 13 negroes sent to Quincy on the Moline quota were refused. We think this must be a mistake.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Harvey McKenna, of Detroit, billiard player matched to play Wizard Schafer in New York in January for the world championship, was a professional friend and manager, Billy Catton in Rock Island.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Levi Cralle, former Rock Island county sheriff, had come from his farm near Mitchell, S.D. to visit friends in the city.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Work is being rushed on the new high school building in Orion to replace the one destroyed by fire last winter. Classes are being held in churches.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Rehearsals for the 84th season of the Handel Oratorio Society chorus will begin at 7:30 p.m. Monday on the stage of Centennial Hall, Augustana College.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Rock Island City Council's plan announced this week to have the federal government vacate Valley Homes public housing and move residents to Arsenal Courts to reduce density may not be feasible.






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