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: Miss McCorkindale has opened millinery rooms over Gimbel's dry goods store, where she offers a choice lot of millinery goods, which she will manufacture to order.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The little South Park Presbyterian chapel celebrated it first Easter decorated with flowers for an afternoon worship service attended by a large congregation.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Wennerberg Chorus of Augustana College has returned from a 2,000-mile tour in the Eastern states and Illinois.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Col. Charles Lindbergh has stated that he is convinced that Germany's air force is equal to the combined sky fleets of her potential European foes.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Small gas motors may be permitted on boats in the lake to be built in Loud Thunder Forest Preserve. The prospect was discussed yesterday at a meeting of the Rock Island County Forest Preserve Commission.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The annual Dispatch/Rock Island Argus Spelling Bee continues to be a family tradition. Ed Lee, an eighth-grader at John Deere Junior High School, Moline, is the 1989 spelling bee champion from among 49 top spellers in Rock Island, Henry and Mercer counties. He advances to the competition in Washington, D.C. Runnerup was Ed's sister, Susan.






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