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: Sheriff McLaughlin had the misfortune to dislocate his right shoulder some days ago when his carriage upset. He is now able to walk about but has a very sore shoulder.
1889 -- 125 years ago: A kindergarten was started in the downtown district of Rock Island with the Misses Dodie Hawes and Grace Knowlton as teachers.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Pope Pius X died in Rome.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Rock Island's new theater was named Esquire.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The J.I. Case Co. plant in Bettendorf will add from 150 to 200 employees by Jan. 1 a spokesman for the company said today. The Bettendorf Works today had a payroll of 1,350, but an increased production schedule will require additional people.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illowa Council Boy Scouts of America reached and passed its campaign goal in a drive that began 14 months ago by raising more than $2.2 million for the expansion of Loud Thunder Reservation near Andalusia.






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