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: Miss McCorkindale has opened millinery rooms over Gimbel's dry goods store, where she offers a choice lot of millinery goods, which she will manufacture to order.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The little South Park Presbyterian chapel celebrated it first Easter decorated with flowers for an afternoon worship service attended by a large congregation.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Wennerberg Chorus of Augustana College has returned from a 2,000-mile tour in the Eastern states and Illinois.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Col. Charles Lindbergh has stated that he is convinced that Germany's air force is equal to the combined sky fleets of her potential European foes.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Small gas motors may be permitted on boats in the lake to be built in Loud Thunder Forest Preserve. The prospect was discussed yesterday at a meeting of the Rock Island County Forest Preserve Commission.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The annual Dispatch/Rock Island Argus Spelling Bee continues to be a family tradition. Ed Lee, an eighth-grader at John Deere Junior High School, Moline, is the 1989 spelling bee champion from among 49 top spellers in Rock Island, Henry and Mercer counties. He advances to the competition in Washington, D.C. Runnerup was Ed's sister, Susan.






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