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: The board of education has granted Thursday as a holiday for the children, with the expectation that parents who desire to have their children attend the Scott County Fair will do so on that day and save irregularity the rest of the week.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The guard fence around the new cement walk at the Harper House has been removed. The blocks are diamond shape, alternating in black and white.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Rev. R.B. Williams, former pastor of the First Methodist Church, Rock Island, was named superintendent of the Rock Island District.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Abnormally high temperatures and lack of rainfall in Illinois during the past week have speeded maturing of corn and soybean crops.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Installation of a new television system in St. Anthony's Hospital, which includes a closed circuit channel as well as the three regular Quad-Cities channels, has been completed and now is in operation.
1989 -- 25 years ago: When the new Moline High School was built in 1958, along with it were plans to construct a football field in the bowl near 34th Street on the campus. Wednesday afternoon, more than 30 years later, the Moline Board of Education Athletic Board sent the ball rolling toward the possible construction of that field by asking superintendent Richard Hennigan to take to the board of education a proposal to hire a consultant.

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