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: Journeymen shoemakers of Rock Island struck for higher wages yesterday morning, asking 25 percent increases. Employers have acceded to their demand.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Lighting struck wires of the Merchants Electric Light Co. during a furious storm, and many Rock Island business houses were compelled to resort to gas as a means of illumination.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Members of the First Church of Christ, Scientist, decided to erect a new edifice at a cost of about $60,000.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Willard Anderson, junior forward for the Augustana College basketball team, which won 17 out of 22 contests, was elected captain of the quintet.
1964 -- 50 years ago: John Hoffman, Moline, president of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts, will be honored for his 50 years in scouting by members of the council at a dinner Thursday evening.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Quad-Cities has what is believed to be the area's first elite-class gymnast. It's the stuff upon which Olympic competitors are made. Tiffany Chapman, of Rock Island, not only has earned the highest possible gymnast ranking, she won the honor at age 11.






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