Day in history for April 21, 2005

1855 -- 150 years ago
Capt. Cook, proprietor of the Island ferry, had erected a bell on the island near the fort to call the skiff when wanted. All persons who visited the old fort or the island could do so at any time of the day by patronizing Capt. Cook's ferry.

1880 -- 125 years ago
Atkinson and Oloff began the brick work on the new planing mill of the Rock Island Lumber and Manufacturing Co.

1905 -- 100 years ago
The Argus printed an historical article about the Rock Island YMCA, which was ''now out of debt.''

1930 -- 75 years ago
Col. Charles Lindbergh and his wife set a new transcontinental air record of 14 hours 23 minutes, flying from Glendale, Calif., to New York City.

1955 -- 50 years ago
The lace curtains will be up in the House on the Hill May 1. That's another way of saying that Dean of Women Betsy Brodahl and the 19 women students who live there will be expecting company when Augustana College holds its third annual open house a week from Sunday.

1980 -- 25 years ago
About 85 police chiefs, sheriffs and state troopers from nine states will complete the three-day Midwest Crime Conference today at the Holiday Inn, Moline. Moline Police Chief Tom Smaha is president of the Crime Conference organization.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: It is said that the ferry company has cleared about $10,000 since the burning of the railroad bridge. Couldn't the company now afford to pay that little bill it owes the city?
1889 -- 125 years ago: The sum of $4 million in cash in addition to supplies of immense value were forwarded to Jamestown, Pa., from all parts of the country for relief of the sufferers from the great flood.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Board of Education secured a site for the New Central Grammar School by purchasing additional property south of Irving School for $3,400.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The total number of workers employed at the Farmall Works of International Harvester Co. has reached a peak of 5,300, the largest payroll in Rock Island.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Army engineers testified today that the water levels of Lakes Huron and Michigan are at a 104-year low. The condition is causing a multi-million dollar loss to commercial shipping.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illinois Department of Revenue issued certification for a tax-increment- financing district Friday afternoon, opening one more door for developer Jim Massa to proceed through on his way to establishing an automobile raceway.






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