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.

Back: Available days in May 2004



Local events heading








  Today is Thursday, April 17, the 107th day of 2014. There are 258 days left in the year.

1864 -- 150 years ago: Journeymen shoemakers of Rock Island struck for higher wages yesterday morning, asking 25 percent increases. Employers have acceded to their demand.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Lighting struck wires of the Merchants Electric Light Co. during a furious storm, and many Rock Island business houses were compelled to resort to gas as a means of illumination.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Members of the First Church of Christ, Scientist, decided to erect a new edifice at a cost of about $60,000.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Willard Anderson, junior forward for the Augustana College basketball team, which won 17 out of 22 contests, was elected captain of the quintet.
1964 -- 50 years ago: John Hoffman, Moline, president of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts, will be honored for his 50 years in scouting by members of the council at a dinner Thursday evening.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Quad-Cities has what is believed to be the area's first elite-class gymnast. It's the stuff upon which Olympic competitors are made. Tiffany Chapman, of Rock Island, not only has earned the highest possible gymnast ranking, she won the honor at age 11.






(More History)