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: The ladies have adopted the fashion of wearing representations of insects in the flowers on their bonnets. Some look very natural.
1889 -- 125 years ago: T.F. Cary, former Rock Island alderman, has accepted a position as salesman for a Chicago wallpaper house and plans to move to that city.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Work on the new telephone building on 18th Street between 6th and 7th avenues is progressing rapidly.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Rock Island's new theater at 3rd Avenue and 19th Street will have a name significant of its location. The "Rocket" is scheduled to open Thanksgiving Day.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Two of Rock Island's newest water towers were vandalized last night, including the one at 38th Street and 31st Avenue, where police took five Moline boys into custody about 9 p.m..
1989 -- 25 years ago: Some of us who live in the Quad-Cities take the Mississippi River for granted, or at least we used to. But the river is not taken for granted by our visitors. And most Quad-Citians are realizing the importance of the river to this area as increased emphasis is placed on tourism.







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