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 are informed by J.H. Hull that the reason the street sprinkler was not at work yesterday settling the dust on the streets, was because one of his horses was injured.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Bonnie McGregor, a fleet-footed stallion owned by S.W. Wheelock of this community, covered himself with glory at Lexington, Ky, when he ran a mile in 2:13 1/2. The horse's value was estimated as at least $50,000.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Troops are pouring into Paris to prepare for defense of the city. The German army is reported to be only 60 miles from the capital of France.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The German army has invaded Poland in undeclared warfare. Poland has appealed to Great Britain and France for aid.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Publication of a plant newspaper, the Farmall Works News, has been launched at the Rock Island IHC factory and replaces a managerial newsletter.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Officials predict Monday's Rock Island Labor Parade will be the biggest and best ever. Last minute work continues on floats and costumes for the parade, which steps off a 9:30 a.m.




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