Day in history for May 11, 2005

1855 -- 150 years ago
The steamer R.H. Lee was sunk following a collision with the steamer Ocean Wave a short distance below the mouth of the Illinois River.

1880 -- 125 years ago
Fire in McQuaid's Saloon, Rock Island, caused heavy damage.

1905 -- 100 years ago
It was announced that the Diamond Jo steamer ''Dubuque'' would extend its runs to Rock Island. The new schedule called for the boat to travel between Rock Island and St. Louis.

1930 -- 75 years ago
Chris Cagle, one of the country's most publicized collegiate football players, resigned from the United States Military Academy at West Point after presenting a certificate saying that he was married.

1955 -- 50 years ago
Two Rock Island men, Arvid Johnson and Henry Brandt, saved Edwin White from drowning in his rapidly submerging auto in the Mississippi River.

1980 -- 25 years ago
Ralph Van De Casteele brought back more than just a tan from his recent Hawaiian vacation. The veteran East Moline alderman carried with him a radical plan he thinks can save the police department thousands of dollars. Van De Casteele wants the city's 31 policemen to use their own cars on patrol.

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1864 — 150 years ago: Some persons are negotiating for 80 feet of ground on Illinois Street with a view of erecting four stores thereon. It would serve a better purpose if the money was invested in neat tenement houses.
1889 — 125 years ago: The Central station, car house and stables of the Moline-Rock Island Horse Railway line of the Holmes syndicate, together with 15 cars and 42 head of horses, were destroyed by fire. The loss was at $15,000.
1914 — 100 years ago: Vera Cruz, Mexico, after a day and night of resistance to American forces, gradually ceased opposition. The American forces took complete control of the city.
1939 — 75 years ago: Dr. R. Bruce Collins was reelected for a second term as president of the Lower Rock Island County Tuberculosis Association.
1964 — 50 years ago: Work is scheduled to begin this summer on construction of a new men's residence complex and an addition to the dining facilities at Westerlin Hall at Augustana College.
1989 — 25 years ago: Special Olympics competitors were triple winners at Rock Island High School Saturday. The participants vanquished the rain that fell during the competition, and some won their events; but most important, they triumphed over their own disabilities.




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