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: The Chicago and Rock Island Railroad will carry all who wish to attend the Chicago convention for half fare — that is, full fare to Chicago and return free.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Hardy Hetter, for several years yardmaster in the Burlington Railroad yards in Rock Island and Moline, was transferred to Beardstown. He was succeeded here by J.E. Albrecht.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Corn was estimated at 50 percent of the normal crop in Rock Island County by Crop Correspondent Thomas Campbell.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Robert Carroll, 12-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Farr Carroll, of near Aledo, won the grand championship of the Mercer County baby beef show with "Fat Stuff."
1964 -- 50 years ago: About 250 persons attended the first in a series of horse shows at the Hillandale Stables off Knoxville Road near Milan on Saturday afternoon and evening.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Ground was broken this morning for the $4.5 million Rock Valley Business Park near Rock Valley Plaza, Rock Island. The first building is 17,000 square feet for offices and a warehouse and should be completed by Dec. 1.




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