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: Quite a number of Negroes have lately been brought here by abolition offers returning from the army in violation of the laws of the state.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Miss Tillie Denkmann, of Rock Island, was making plans to accompany a Davenport family on a tour of Europe.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The German advance into Belgium was going apparently without serious check. The American ambassador at Berlin published a denial of the charge that Americans had been ill-treated in Germany.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Seventy-two members of Rock Island High School's 1939 graduating class are preparing to enter college — 34 of them at Augustana.
1964 -- 50 years ago: One of the oldest buildings in Milan, which for a number of years has housed the Milan Hotel, will be razed to make way for a modern, two-story office structure.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Some are blaming it on the sudden influx of insects and the extreme humidity. Still others say the invasion was inspired by a recent movie. But whatever the reason, the Quad-Cities is swarming with bats.




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