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: We are informed by J.H. Hull that the reason the street sprinkler was not at work yesterday settling the dust on the streets, was because one of his horses was injured.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Bonnie McGregor, a fleet-footed stallion owned by S.W. Wheelock of this community, covered himself with glory at Lexington, Ky, when he ran a mile in 2:13 1/2. The horse's value was estimated as at least $50,000.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Troops are pouring into Paris to prepare for defense of the city. The German army is reported to be only 60 miles from the capital of France.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The German army has invaded Poland in undeclared warfare. Poland has appealed to Great Britain and France for aid.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Publication of a plant newspaper, the Farmall Works News, has been launched at the Rock Island IHC factory and replaces a managerial newsletter.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Officials predict Monday's Rock Island Labor Parade will be the biggest and best ever. Last minute work continues on floats and costumes for the parade, which steps off a 9:30 a.m.




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