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: We hear that Col. Reynolds has employed C.D. Merrill to drill for water to supply the Rock Island Barracks.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Billy Catton, famous billard player, returned to Rock Island with a view to making this city his home in the future.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The belief is growing that a great decisive battle of the World War was being fought at Verdun, a strong fortress of France on the Meuse near the French frontier, according to a London dispatch.
1939 -- 75 years ago: William Stremmel, 91, Rock Island's last Civil War veteran, died.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Workmen of the Midwest Wrecking Co., Clinton, have begun razing the historic old office building of Deere & Co., 1325 3rd Ave., Moline. The site will be used by the Deere Plow Works for its shipping and receiving department.
1989 -- 25 years ago: East Moline developer Jim Massa says the financial package for the proposed $34.5 million Quad City International Motor Speedway is down to making sure "all the i's are dotted and t's are crossed. Finalizing this will give the green light to see if NASCAR and CART, the auto racing sanctioning bodies, approve race dates.

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