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: 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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