Day in history for May 1, 2005

1855 -- 150 years ago
The great ice wagon of Messrs. Brigham And Co. has commenced its regular trips about town. The huge thing seems to cool the atmosphere as it moves along our streets.

1880 -- 125 years ago
The bright cheerful morning of today, though cold, was a decided improvement on what we have had of late. This was the general opinion.

1905 -- 100 years ago
Andover has been operating under village incorporation, but many of the people there have come to the conclusion that they would prefer to do away with their village organization since there is really no town there, at the present time.

1930 -- 75 years ago
Mr. and Mrs. Charles McHugh reached New York yesterday on the White Star steamer Celtic from their tour abroad. They will be home next Thursday.

1955 -- 50 years ago
Sabre jet interceptor fighters ''shot down'' an invading B-47 bomber over Moline at 11 a.m. yesterday during a Midwest practice alert for the Ground Observance Corps.

1980 -- 25 years ago
Interest rates on home mortgages in the Quad-Cities are following a national trend downward from record highs of near 18 percent to about 15 percent.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: The female sex seems to have gone crazy on the subject of dry goods. When high prices keep them from increasing their wardrobes, they turn to stealing. Yard goods, hats, shoes and other items are being picked up and carried home.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Members of Everts Commandery No. 18, Knights Templar, under Commander H.C. Cleaveland, marched from the Masonic Temple to Trinity Episcopal Church for their annual Easter services.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Nate Hultgren pitched the Augustana College baseball team to a 10-3 victory over Carthage, striking out 11 men and allowing only four hits.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Marvel Leonhardi, a Rock Island High School senior, was the winner of an essay contest on advertising sponsored by The Argus and Advertising Age, a national advertising publication.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The Augustana College band drew a crowd of 1,200 people for its annual home concert in Centennial Hall. The size of the crowd was indicative of the fact the band is rapidly approaching the stature of the Augustana Choir.
1989 -- 25 years ago: A benefit to raise money for extracurricular activities in the Rock Island Milan School District will be April 27 at the Quad City Downs harness race track. People buying $17.50 tickets to the second annual "Night at the Quad City Downs" will be entitled to an evening of harness racing and dinner.






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