Day in history for May 29, 2004

1854 -- 150 years ago
Fifteen thousand believers in spiritual manifestations have petitioned congress to investigate spiritual rappings and learn for itself that unseen, occult forces may be contacted.

1879 -- 125 years ago
Rock Island County voters are asked to rally behind Judge George W. Pleasants for re-election as circuit judge. Henry County is reported to be making strong efforts to defeat him.

1904 -- 100 years ago
Illinois Medical Society has selected Rock Island as the site for its convention in 1905.

1929 -- 75 years ago
Colonel Charles A. Lindbergh, the Atlantic flier, and his bride, the former Anne Morrow, left on a secret flying honeymoon.

1954 -- 50 years ago
An Air Force jet bomber pilot, Capt. Frank Henss, came home to Moline last week to relax, eat his mother's cooking and play golf. Two months ago he was steering his B-47 bomber on a non-stop flight from England to March Field, Calif., at 500 miles an hour, and upwards of 35,000 feet above the sea. Henss is the son of Mr. and Mrs. A.R. Henss, 2306 19th Ave.

1979 -- 25 years ago
A newly formed ``Citizens Committee for a New Jail'' is planning an advertising blitz and a telephone campaign in an attempt to convince Rock Island County residents that a new jail is needed. County voters go to polls next Tuesday to decide whether to issue $7 million in bonds to finance construction of the proposed new lockup.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Because of the National Fast, no paper will be issued from this office tomorrow.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Attracting considerable attention is a sunflower stalk 15 feet high and still growing in the yard of Dr. C. Speidel on 23rd Street in Rock Island.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The municipal bathing beach proposition came up again at the city commission's meeting and a proposition passed, provided that a locker room be constructed at the foot of 7th Street for the accommodation of the bathers.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans for erecting a $14,000 warehouse to replace the frame structure at the rear of the Augustana Book Concern were announced.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Hours for tours of the new Deere & Co. Administrative Center on John Deere Road will be changed, effective Monday.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Tuesday night at the Great Mississippi Valley Fair in Davenport the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band gave its fans more than they possibly could have expected. The band took the stage at 9:07 p.m. and didn't leave until 10:40.









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