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: We learn that it is a contemplation to start a paper mill in Rock Island during the summer by a gentleman from the East.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The gates of Oklahoma were swung open at noon today, and a throng of more than 30,000 settlers started over its soil.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Iowa Coliseum Co. was incorporated with $40,000 capital and planned a building on 4th Street between Warren and Green streets in Davenport.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans are being discussed for resurfacing the streets in the entire downtown district of Rock Island.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Some 45 jobs will be created at J.I. Case Co.'s Rock Island plant in a expansion of operations announced yesterday afternoon at the firm's headquarters in Racine, Wis.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Gardeners and farmers cheered, but not all Quad-Citians found joy Saturday as more than an inch of rain fell on the area. Motorists faced dangerous, rain-slick roads as the water activated grease and grime that had built up during dry weather.








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