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: A corps of surgeons now occupies the new hospital quarters at the Garrison Hospital on the Rock Island Arsenal. A fence has been installed to enclose the prison hospital.
1889 -- 125 years ago: B. Winter has let a contract to Christ Schreiner for a two story brick building with a double store front on the south side of 3rd Avenue just west of 17th Street. The estimated cost was $4,500.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Germany sent simultaneous ultimatums to Russia and France, demanding that Russia suspend mobilization within 12 hours and demanding that France inform Germany within 18 hours. In the case of war between Germany and Russia, France would remain neutral.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Civil service offices at the post office and the Rock Island Arsenal were swamped as more than 700 youths sought 15 machinist apprenticeships at the Arsenal.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Last night, American Legion Post 246 in Moline figuratively handed over the trousers to a female ex-Marine and petticoat rule began. Olga Swanson, of Moline, was installed as the first woman commander of the post .
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illinois Quad City Civic Center captured the excitement and interest of a convention of auditorium managers this weekend in Reno, Nev. Bill Adams, civic center authority chairman, said the 10,000-seat arena planned for downtown Moline has caught the eye of construction firms, suppliers, management teams and concession groups.








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