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: It is estimated that 300,000 people attended the recent Democratic convention in Chicago when Gen. George B. McClellan of New Jersey was nominated as a candidate for president of the United States.
1889 — 125 years ago: Alderman Frank Ill, Winslow Howard and Captain J.M. Montgomery returned from Milwaukee, where they attended the national Grand Army of the Republic encampment.
1914 — 100 years ago: Three members of the Rock Island YMCA accepted positions as physical directors of other associations. Albert Cook went to Kewanee, C.D. Curtis to Canton and Willis Woods to Leavenworth, Kan.
1939 — 75 years ago: Former President Herbert Hoover appealed for national support of President F.D. Roosevelt and Congress in every effort to keep the United States out of war.
1964 — 50 years ago: The Rock Island Junior chamber pf Commerce has received answers to about 65 % of the 600 questionnaires mailed out recently in a "Community Attitude Survey" to analyze sentiments of citizens towards their city's various recreational, educational, and civic service programs.
1989 — 25 years ago: The two thunderstorms passing through the Quad Cities last night and early today left some area residents reaching for their flashlights.






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