Day in history for May 5, 2004

1854 -- 150 years ago
People from all parts of the country met at the courthouse to organize for the purpose of seeking the prohibition of the sale of intoxicating liquor in Illinois. Calling itself the Rock Island County Maine Law Alliance, the group elected John M. Gould of Moline as its president.

1879 -- 125 years ago
A woman wept so hard over a man's grave recently that the man's widow became jealous and created a scene at the burial.

1904 -- 100 years ago
The houseman at the Ignatz Huber residence has confessed to the theft of $1,000 worth of jewelry which mysteriously disappeared four days ago.

1929 -- 75 years ago
Chester Sutherland, flying instructor at Cram Field, Davenport, was killed and Jack Coin, student pilot, was seriously injured when their plane crashed near the airport.

1954 -- 50 years ago
''Wendy'' has been selected as the name for the doe companion of Bambi, the tame buck deer at Loud Thunder Forest Preserve. Joyce Burkland, 10-year-old fifth grade pupil at McKinley School, Moline, submitted the name and received a $10 cash prize from The Argus, sponsor of the contest.

1979 -- 25 years ago
James Monteyne, a lifelong Moline resident, was appointed Tuesday night by Mayor Lawrence Lorensen as the new superintendent of inspections. Monteyne is an estimator and field superintendent at the Estes Company of Bettendorf, and begins his new job at city hall next Monday.

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1864 — 150 years ago: A fine lumber mill is on the course of erection at Andalusia. A flouring mill at that location is doing a fine business.
1889 — 125 years ago: J.B. Lidders, past captain of Beardsley Camp, Sons of Veterans, returned from Paterson, N.Y., where he attended the National Sons of Veterans encampments.
1914 — 100 years ago: President Wilson announced that he had received from the imperial chancellor of Germany a noncommittal reply to his inquiry into a report that the emperor was willing to discuss terms of peace.
1939 — 75 years ago: Delegates at the Illinois Conference of the Methodist Church in Springfield voted to raise the minimum pay of ministers so that every pastor would get at least $1,000 annually.
1964 — 50 years ago: An audience of more than 2,600 persons jammed into the Davenport RKO Orpheum theater with a shoe horn feasted on a Miller-Diller evening that was a killer night. Phyllis Diller sent the audience with her offbeat humor. And send them she did! It was Miss Diller's third appearance in the Quad-Cities area.
1989 — 25 years ago: A few years ago, a vacant lot on 7th Avenue and 14th Street in Rock Island was a community nuisance. Weeds grew as high 18 inches. Today, the lot has a new face, thanks to Michael and Sheila Rind and other neighbors who helped them turn it into a park three weeks ago.





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