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: It is rumored in the streets that the 13 negroes sent to Quincy on the Moline quota were refused. We think this must be a mistake.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Harvey McKenna, of Detroit, billiard player matched to play Wizard Schafer in New York in January for the world championship, was a professional friend and manager, Billy Catton in Rock Island.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Levi Cralle, former Rock Island county sheriff, had come from his farm near Mitchell, S.D. to visit friends in the city.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Work is being rushed on the new high school building in Orion to replace the one destroyed by fire last winter. Classes are being held in churches.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Rehearsals for the 84th season of the Handel Oratorio Society chorus will begin at 7:30 p.m. Monday on the stage of Centennial Hall, Augustana College.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Rock Island City Council's plan announced this week to have the federal government vacate Valley Homes public housing and move residents to Arsenal Courts to reduce density may not be feasible.






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