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: Some persons are negotiating for 80 feet of ground on Illinois Street with a view of erecting four stores thereon. It would serve a better purpose if the money was invested in neat tenement houses.
1889 — 125 years ago: The Central station, car house and stables of the Moline-Rock Island Horse Railway line of the Holmes syndicate, together with 15 cars and 42 head of horses, were destroyed by fire. The loss was at $15,000.
1914 — 100 years ago: Vera Cruz, Mexico, after a day and night of resistance to American forces, gradually ceased opposition. The American forces took complete control of the city.
1939 — 75 years ago: Dr. R. Bruce Collins was reelected for a second term as president of the Lower Rock Island County Tuberculosis Association.
1964 — 50 years ago: Work is scheduled to begin this summer on construction of a new men's residence complex and an addition to the dining facilities at Westerlin Hall at Augustana College.
1989 — 25 years ago: Special Olympics competitors were triple winners at Rock Island High School Saturday. The participants vanquished the rain that fell during the competition, and some won their events; but most important, they triumphed over their own disabilities.




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