Day in history for May 15, 2004

1854 -- 150 years ago
E. Reynolds now runs a regular ferry from city to island. His large flatboat for teams is pulled across by a rope attached to each shore. He conveys persons or teams at all hours.

1879 -- 125 years ago
People whose homes face the Mississippi are just waking up to the fact that the C.B. And Q. Railroad has the right to build a double track along the shore. An ordinance of 1869 gave this right of way to the old Rockford Railroad and provisions of the ordinance have been reenacted for the benefit of the C.B. And Q. Residents whose fine view will be ruined are protesting.

1904 -- 100 years ago
Twenty years ago a county fair on the 9th Street grounds was the big event of the summer. Now Rock Island businessmen are discussing revival of the fair. One difficulty is that the 18-acre 9th Street fairgrounds park is under lease to the Twin-City Driving Association.

1929 -- 75 years ago
Al Capone, Chicago gangster, was sentenced to one year in jail for carrying concealed weapons.

1954 -- 50 years ago
Hundreds of Quad-City residents today thronged Rock Island Arsenal for that installation's observance of National Armed Forces Day.

1979 -- 25 years ago
Carol Kelley, 14, of Green Rock, who crawled out on the ice of Hennepin Canal to rescue a friend, was presented a plaque for bravery from the Green Rock Police Department. Carol is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Kelley.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Quite a number of Negroes have lately been brought here by abolition offers returning from the army in violation of the laws of the state.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Miss Tillie Denkmann, of Rock Island, was making plans to accompany a Davenport family on a tour of Europe.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The German advance into Belgium was going apparently without serious check. The American ambassador at Berlin published a denial of the charge that Americans had been ill-treated in Germany.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Seventy-two members of Rock Island High School's 1939 graduating class are preparing to enter college — 34 of them at Augustana.
1964 -- 50 years ago: One of the oldest buildings in Milan, which for a number of years has housed the Milan Hotel, will be razed to make way for a modern, two-story office structure.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Some are blaming it on the sudden influx of insects and the extreme humidity. Still others say the invasion was inspired by a recent movie. But whatever the reason, the Quad-Cities is swarming with bats.

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