Day in history for June 5, 2004

1854 -- 150 years ago
A deck hand, James Lafferty, fell overboard from the steamboat Jenny Lind and drowned. He passed under the wheel and was seen to rise, but he sank before help could be given him.

1879 -- 125 years ago
Twenty lumber and log rafts passed down the rapids here the past week and more are on their way.

1904 -- 100 years ago
Two thousand people attended the concerts by the Innes Band at the Watch Tower Park yesterday.

1929 -- 75 years ago
Grant School, Moline, remains under quarantine because of 12 cases of smallpox among pupils. Only children who have been vaccinated may return to classes.

1954 -- 50 years ago
The job of supplying better materials for big, high-speed aircraft has taken a step forward with the start of production by the world's largest tapered sheet rolling mill. The big 144-inch mill has begun rolling extra wide tapered aluminum sheet and plate for the aircraft industry at the Davenport Works of Aluminum Company of America.

1979 -- 25 years ago
Local taxpayer groups are scheduling a meeting at 7 p.m. Monday in Hauberg Center to discuss the Rock Island County Jail bond referendum. The Homeowners Taxpayers Association of Illinois and the Rock Island County Federation of Taxpayers, of which Fred Stahr is president, also are holding a rally encouraging voters to vote against a new jail.

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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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