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: 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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