Day in history for May 9, 2004

1854 -- 150 years ago
There was quite a gale of wind on Monday. A fine frame for a two-story dwelling house, on Spencer's Addition belonging to John S. Sargent, was blown down. We have heard of no other injury occasioned by the wind.

1879 -- 125 years ago
Mr. George France and his acting dogs, supported by a carefully selected company of ladies and gentlemen, will appear May 9-10. Do not fail to see them as they are now the best party in town.

1904 -- 100 years ago
Very few button factories on the upper Mississippi River are running at the present time. There are few shells to be had.

1929 -- 75 years ago
Rock Island bridge traffic in a single-day totals 24,607 automobiles, a count reveals.

1954 -- 50 years ago
Ferry boat service between Davenport and Rock Island will resume at the end of May or the first week in June, depending on the stage of the river. Fred J. Kahlke, Rock Island, operator of the Kahlke Boatyards, who has operated the ferry for about seven years, said today.

1979 -- 25 years ago
Pat Mitchell thinks she has the greatest mother in the world. Mitchell, 31, of Adelaide, South Australia, battled 12,000 miles, a 13-hour time difference and the whims of international telecommunication systems until she finally contacted The Dispatch and nominated her mother, Alice Paasch of 2525 7 1/2 St., East Moline, as ''Mother of the Year.''

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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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