Day in history for May 6, 2004

1854 -- 150 years ago
At a public meeting in their school house, Moline people adopted a resolution advocating that the federal government should sell that part of the island of Rock Island lying opposite Moline. Many of Moline's factories are located at the east end of the island.

1879 -- 125 years ago
Dan O'Leary is now promoting walking matches. He will hold a series of contests among amateur pedestrians and when he finds one who can make 500 miles in six days, he will take him to England to bring back the championship which the English Rowell carried away from our shores.

1904 -- 100 years ago
John F. Wallace, who has been named engineer in charge of building the Panama Canal, lived in Rock Island from 1874 to 1876. His father was president of Monmouth College.

1929 -- 75 years ago
State Senator Martin R. Carlson, Moline, advocates paving Black Hawk Road by use of gas tax refunds.

1954 -- 50 years ago
Cornerstone laying ceremonies at the addition of the Hammond-Henry District Hospital, Geneseo, have been scheduled for 2 p.m. May 12 during National Hospital Week. A fund drive, seeking $50,000 for the purchase of equipment, will conclude May 15, and the addition is expected to be ready for occupancy by early fall.

1979 -- 25 years ago
Picketing by Eagle Warehouse employees spread to the company's 11 Quad-Cities supermarkets, prompting 70 Eagle meatcutters to stay off the job.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Sheriff McLaughlin had the misfortune to dislocate his right shoulder some days ago when his carriage upset. He is now able to walk about but has a very sore shoulder.
1889 -- 125 years ago: A kindergarten was started in the downtown district of Rock Island with the Misses Dodie Hawes and Grace Knowlton as teachers.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Pope Pius X died in Rome.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Rock Island's new theater was named Esquire.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The J.I. Case Co. plant in Bettendorf will add from 150 to 200 employees by Jan. 1 a spokesman for the company said today. The Bettendorf Works today had a payroll of 1,350, but an increased production schedule will require additional people.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illowa Council Boy Scouts of America reached and passed its campaign goal in a drive that began 14 months ago by raising more than $2.2 million for the expansion of Loud Thunder Reservation near Andalusia.






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