Day in history for May 31, 2004

1854 -- 150 years ago
While at Muscatine last week, we were told that the cholera was raging terribly in Rock Island. Now be it known to all the world and the rest of mankind, that there has not been a case of cholera among our citizens this year!

1879 -- 125 years ago
James Coyne, a former resident of Rock Island, and now of the firm of Coyne And Co., Chicago, publishers of the Western Manufacturer, favored The Argus with a call today.

1904 -- 100 years ago
W.O. Negus, who has been in the south since the latter part of winter, returned to the city on the St. Paul. He visited the world's fair on his way back. Friends will be pleased to learn that he is much improved in health.

1929 -- 75 years ago
Dr. B.H. Sherrard, Rock Island dentist, was elected president of the Rock Island County Chapter of the Reserve Officers Association.

1954 -- 50 years ago
Heads of four Moline city departments with the purchasing clerk, were authorized by the city council to speed steps toward the purchase of a high velocity sprayer to combat the current invasion of canker worms destroying the city's elm trees.

1979 -- 25 years ago
They buried his motorcycle Wednesday, along with his gun, his cane and a bottle of Jack Daniels. And today, several hundred members of the Grim Reapers club will lay Richard Myers' coffin on top of his ''pride and joy'' as they conduct a ''bikers funeral'' near Keithsburg.

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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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