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: It is estimated that 300,000 people attended the recent Democratic convention in Chicago when Gen. George B. McClellan of New Jersey was nominated as a candidate for president of the United States.
1889 — 125 years ago: Alderman Frank Ill, Winslow Howard and Captain J.M. Montgomery returned from Milwaukee, where they attended the national Grand Army of the Republic encampment.
1914 — 100 years ago: Three members of the Rock Island YMCA accepted positions as physical directors of other associations. Albert Cook went to Kewanee, C.D. Curtis to Canton and Willis Woods to Leavenworth, Kan.
1939 — 75 years ago: Former President Herbert Hoover appealed for national support of President F.D. Roosevelt and Congress in every effort to keep the United States out of war.
1964 — 50 years ago: The Rock Island Junior chamber pf Commerce has received answers to about 65 % of the 600 questionnaires mailed out recently in a "Community Attitude Survey" to analyze sentiments of citizens towards their city's various recreational, educational, and civic service programs.
1989 — 25 years ago: The two thunderstorms passing through the Quad Cities last night and early today left some area residents reaching for their flashlights.






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