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: Sheriff McLaughlin had the misfortune to dislocate his right shoulder some days ago when his carriage upset. He is now able to walk about but has a very sore shoulder.
1889 -- 125 years ago: A kindergarten was started in the downtown district of Rock Island with the Misses Dodie Hawes and Grace Knowlton as teachers.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Pope Pius X died in Rome.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Rock Island's new theater was named Esquire.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The J.I. Case Co. plant in Bettendorf will add from 150 to 200 employees by Jan. 1 a spokesman for the company said today. The Bettendorf Works today had a payroll of 1,350, but an increased production schedule will require additional people.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illowa Council Boy Scouts of America reached and passed its campaign goal in a drive that began 14 months ago by raising more than $2.2 million for the expansion of Loud Thunder Reservation near Andalusia.






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