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: Some persons are negotiating for 80 feet of ground on Illinois Street with a view of erecting four stores thereon. It would serve a better purpose if the money was invested in neat tenement houses.
1889 — 125 years ago: The Central station, car house and stables of the Moline-Rock Island Horse Railway line of the Holmes syndicate, together with 15 cars and 42 head of horses, were destroyed by fire. The loss was at $15,000.
1914 — 100 years ago: Vera Cruz, Mexico, after a day and night of resistance to American forces, gradually ceased opposition. The American forces took complete control of the city.
1939 — 75 years ago: Dr. R. Bruce Collins was reelected for a second term as president of the Lower Rock Island County Tuberculosis Association.
1964 — 50 years ago: Work is scheduled to begin this summer on construction of a new men's residence complex and an addition to the dining facilities at Westerlin Hall at Augustana College.
1989 — 25 years ago: Special Olympics competitors were triple winners at Rock Island High School Saturday. The participants vanquished the rain that fell during the competition, and some won their events; but most important, they triumphed over their own disabilities.




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