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: Miss McCorkindale has opened millinery rooms over Gimbel's dry goods store, where she offers a choice lot of millinery goods, which she will manufacture to order.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The little South Park Presbyterian chapel celebrated it first Easter decorated with flowers for an afternoon worship service attended by a large congregation.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Wennerberg Chorus of Augustana College has returned from a 2,000-mile tour in the Eastern states and Illinois.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Col. Charles Lindbergh has stated that he is convinced that Germany's air force is equal to the combined sky fleets of her potential European foes.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Small gas motors may be permitted on boats in the lake to be built in Loud Thunder Forest Preserve. The prospect was discussed yesterday at a meeting of the Rock Island County Forest Preserve Commission.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The annual Dispatch/Rock Island Argus Spelling Bee continues to be a family tradition. Ed Lee, an eighth-grader at John Deere Junior High School, Moline, is the 1989 spelling bee champion from among 49 top spellers in Rock Island, Henry and Mercer counties. He advances to the competition in Washington, D.C. Runnerup was Ed's sister, Susan.






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