Day in history for May 8, 2004

1854 -- 150 years ago
Everyday strangers come to The Argus to inquire about houses to rent or boarding houses. Not finding anything, they buy lumber and throw up a shanty to live in until they can build a house. There are a great number of such tent-like houses all around us. There are not half enough houses, boarding houses and hotels.

1879 -- 125 years ago
There is a so-called crazy man who goes about Washington crying out to every man who looks like an office holder: ''Quit stealing, quit stealing.''

1904 -- 100 years ago
T.P. Laflin, owner of a Rock Island livery stable, David Matthews and F.N. Rouse of the Milan area went to Springfield to attend the first good roads convention ever held in Illinois.

1929 -- 75 years ago
International Harvester Company will build a second large warehouse on its site in East Moline.

1954 -- 50 years ago
Ever examine Honey Creek, which empties into the Mississippi River from Campbell's Island upstream from the John Deere Harvester Works, East Moline? If you have, lately, you've been amazed at the oily mess that drains into the Mississippi from this pollution source.

1979 -- 25 years ago
Fire erupted near a hydrogen tank storage area at the Quad-City Nuclear Generating Station late this morning, but Cordova firemen quickly extinguished the blaze, fire officials said. There are all kinds of rumors that there is a hydrogen fire, but that's not true.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: The female sex seems to have gone crazy on the subject of dry goods. When high prices keep them from increasing their wardrobes, they turn to stealing. Yard goods, hats, shoes and other items are being picked up and carried home.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Members of Everts Commandery No. 18, Knights Templar, under Commander H.C. Cleaveland, marched from the Masonic Temple to Trinity Episcopal Church for their annual Easter services.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Nate Hultgren pitched the Augustana College baseball team to a 10-3 victory over Carthage, striking out 11 men and allowing only four hits.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Marvel Leonhardi, a Rock Island High School senior, was the winner of an essay contest on advertising sponsored by The Argus and Advertising Age, a national advertising publication.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The Augustana College band drew a crowd of 1,200 people for its annual home concert in Centennial Hall. The size of the crowd was indicative of the fact the band is rapidly approaching the stature of the Augustana Choir.
1989 -- 25 years ago: A benefit to raise money for extracurricular activities in the Rock Island Milan School District will be April 27 at the Quad City Downs harness race track. People buying $17.50 tickets to the second annual "Night at the Quad City Downs" will be entitled to an evening of harness racing and dinner.






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