Day in history for May 3, 2004

1854 -- 150 years ago
The new ferry boat, John Wilson, has a spacious saloon, 32 by 25 feet, and an entrance separate from that for horses. The hurricane deck of the boat is a pleasant place to promenade in warm weather.

1879 -- 125 years ago
Henry Shall of Coe Township brought 10 wolf scalps to the county clerk's office and collected bounty on them today.

1904 -- 100 years ago
Workers in Rock Island and Davenport breweries are threatening to strike. They want their wages increased from $15 to $16 a week, their hours decreased from 9 to 8 a day, and continuance of the privilege of taking one free beer every hour.

1929 -- 75 years ago
The Secretary of War has promised a Quad-Cities delegation that he will take action to increase the business and working force at Rock Island Arsenal.

1954 -- 50 years ago
Mrs. Barbara Kimbel, 86, of 1004 14th St., Rock Island, has been selected as ''Mother of the Year'' in the contest sponsored by the Rock Island Chamber of Commerce Retail Bureau. She has long been active in welfare, church and civic affairs in the community.

1979 -- 25 years ago
Gov. James Thompson says he is going to close East Moline Mental Health Center, but area legislators promise a bitter fight if he tries. Thompson's plan calls for transferring 235 of East Moline's 260 residents to a state mental health center in Galesburg, and the other 25 to Dixon and Rockford, by July 1, 1980.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Yesterday some bold thief stole a full bolt of calico from a box in front of Wadsworth's store, where it was on exhibition.
1889 -- 125 years ago: A team belonging to Peter Priese got away from its driver and made a mad run across the Rock Island Bridge. The driver was thrown from his seat but not hurt.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Carlton Taylor was appointed district deputy grand master for the 14th
Masonic District of Illinois.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Moline's million dollar municipal airport was dedicated to air transportation and the national defense by Lt. Gov. John Stelle.
1964 -- 50 years ago: THE ARGUS will be election headquarters for Rock Island County tomorrow night, and the public is invited to watch the operation. The closing of the polls at 6 p.m. will mark the start of open house in the newsroom. Visitors will see staff members receiving, tabulating and posting returns.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Few bricks actually tumbled, but no one seemed to mind as about 1,000 people gathered to celebrate the formal start of demolition at the site of a downtown civic center.

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