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: 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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