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: We learn that it is a contemplation to start a paper mill in Rock Island during the summer by a gentleman from the East.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The gates of Oklahoma were swung open at noon today, and a throng of more than 30,000 settlers started over its soil.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Iowa Coliseum Co. was incorporated with $40,000 capital and planned a building on 4th Street between Warren and Green streets in Davenport.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans are being discussed for resurfacing the streets in the entire downtown district of Rock Island.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Some 45 jobs will be created at J.I. Case Co.'s Rock Island plant in a expansion of operations announced yesterday afternoon at the firm's headquarters in Racine, Wis.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Gardeners and farmers cheered, but not all Quad-Citians found joy Saturday as more than an inch of rain fell on the area. Motorists faced dangerous, rain-slick roads as the water activated grease and grime that had built up during dry weather.








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