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: The ladies have adopted the fashion of wearing representations of insects in the flowers on their bonnets. Some look very natural.
1889 -- 125 years ago: T.F. Cary, former Rock Island alderman, has accepted a position as salesman for a Chicago wallpaper house and plans to move to that city.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Work on the new telephone building on 18th Street between 6th and 7th avenues is progressing rapidly.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Rock Island's new theater at 3rd Avenue and 19th Street will have a name significant of its location. The "Rocket" is scheduled to open Thanksgiving Day.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Two of Rock Island's newest water towers were vandalized last night, including the one at 38th Street and 31st Avenue, where police took five Moline boys into custody about 9 p.m..
1989 -- 25 years ago: Some of us who live in the Quad-Cities take the Mississippi River for granted, or at least we used to. But the river is not taken for granted by our visitors. And most Quad-Citians are realizing the importance of the river to this area as increased emphasis is placed on tourism.







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