Day in history for June 1, 2004

1854 -- 150 years ago
School children of Rock Island (two train cars full) took a pleasure excursion to Geneseo today. They carried banners. The girls were tastefully dressed. Geneseo students joined in the festivities in a park.

1879 -- 125 years ago
Probably the largest raft of logs ever brought down the Mississippi has passed Rock Island, bound for Muscatine. The raft, brought down from the Wisconsin Pineries by the steamer Ben Hershey, is 530 feet long and 310 feet wide.

1904 -- 100 years ago
Results of a high school track and field meet held at the Ninth Street park here: Rock Island, 74 1/2 points; Davenport, 32 1/2; Moline, 27.

1929 -- 75 years ago
An auto carrying 10 young people plunged 20 feet into an excavation at the crest of the Carbon Cliff hill on the 23rd Avenue road southeast of Moline at a point where the grade of the hill had been cut down preparatory to paving. John T. Hogan of Chicago, a St. Ambrose College student, was killed. Nine others were injured.

1954 -- 50 years ago
A fire of undetermined origin burned out the interior of the rear storeroom at Mildred's Ice Cream Store, 1522 15th St., Moline, and caused damage which may run as high as $20,000.

1979 -- 25 years ago
Illinois is considering locating a 200-bed minimum security prison and a 50-bed work release center on the East Moline Mental Health Center grounds.

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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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