Day in history for June 2, 2004

1854 -- 150 years ago
Charlotte Buford has been crowned queen of the Female Seminary and Mary Grinell queen of School District No. 2. Each delivered an appropriate address at the coronation ceremonies.

1879 -- 125 years ago
The Rock Island Athletic Club will present its first entertainment of the summer at the Harper Opera House June 9.

1904 -- 100 years ago
An examination will be held in Rock Island June 15 to secure eligibles from which to fill vacancies in the position of typewriter (male) at Rock Island Arsenal. The commission has experienced difficulty in hiring qualified male typewriters, who can earn up to $704 a year in the position.

1929 -- 75 years ago
Samples of the new currency, which will be placed in general circulation July 10, are on display in Rock Island banks. The new bills are only two-thirds as large as the present ones.

1954 -- 50 years ago
A Rock Island-Moline to Chicago toll road is one of seven such highways recommended by the Illinois Toll Road Commission. Also recommended for the future is an expressway from Rock Island to Danville.

1979 -- 25 years ago
Gregory Coler, director of the state Department of Children and Family Services, has ordered a major shakeup in the agency's operation in Rock Island and Moline. He said several staff members will be reassigned and a new position of field service coordinator created.

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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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