Day in history for May 30, 2004

1854 -- 150 years ago
We have been favored with delightful and refreshing rains during the past week. The country presents a charming appearance now and the prospects of good crops were scarce ever better.

1879 -- 125 years ago
Moline is proud of its new hotel, the Keator House, and is talking up an opera house.

1904 -- 100 years ago
Rumor has it that the Brown Corn Planter Works at Galesburg is to be sold to a Chicago company which will manufacture automobiles.

1929 -- 75 years ago
Elbert J. Caughey of near Orion had the highest grade among 201 eighth-grade pupils of rural schools taking final examinations.

1954 -- 50 years ago
Two baby beavers, found beneath a railroad bridge over Sylvan Slough soon will make their new home in a zoo at Yorkville, Ill. Mrs. Marie Wiegand, president of the Rock Island Humane Society, said the beavers were found by Gil Peterson, 1402 15th Ave., Rock Island. Peterson was quoted as saying he did not leave the beavers along the slough because dogs already had killed two of the litter.

1979 -- 25 years ago
Medical science, perseverance and extraordinary timing have kept Michelle Neels in school without fail for the last 13 years. Neels, 18, of 5321 28th Ave., Moline, will receive her United Township High School diploma June 1 and conclude 13 years of perfect attendance. Michelle has maintained high grades and plans to attend Black Hawk College.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: A corps of surgeons now occupies the new hospital quarters at the Garrison Hospital on the Rock Island Arsenal. A fence has been installed to enclose the prison hospital.
1889 -- 125 years ago: B. Winter has let a contract to Christ Schreiner for a two story brick building with a double store front on the south side of 3rd Avenue just west of 17th Street. The estimated cost was $4,500.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Germany sent simultaneous ultimatums to Russia and France, demanding that Russia suspend mobilization within 12 hours and demanding that France inform Germany within 18 hours. In the case of war between Germany and Russia, France would remain neutral.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Civil service offices at the post office and the Rock Island Arsenal were swamped as more than 700 youths sought 15 machinist apprenticeships at the Arsenal.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Last night, American Legion Post 246 in Moline figuratively handed over the trousers to a female ex-Marine and petticoat rule began. Olga Swanson, of Moline, was installed as the first woman commander of the post .
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illinois Quad City Civic Center captured the excitement and interest of a convention of auditorium managers this weekend in Reno, Nev. Bill Adams, civic center authority chairman, said the 10,000-seat arena planned for downtown Moline has caught the eye of construction firms, suppliers, management teams and concession groups.








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