Day in history for May 12, 2005

1855 -- 150 years ago
The Rock Island city council will soon change its place of meeting to Bailey And Boyle's block. A very good room is now being fitted up for that purpose.

1880 -- 125 years ago
The Rock Island Athletics organized a four-oared shell team. Members were T.J. Rodman, Keeley Guyer, Robert Chamberlain and Mr. Mixter.

1905 -- 100 years ago
Mr. and Mrs. Sylvester W. McMaster, Rock Island, observed their 64th wedding anniversary.

1930 -- 75 years ago
Al Capone slept on a jail cot in Miami, Fla., a prisoner for the second time since Miami authorities determined to cut short his stay there by arresting him on sight. Capone was attending a boxing match when police made the arrest.

1955 -- 50 years ago
Spreading rails were blamed today for a wreck on the Rock Island Lines tracks at 2nd Ave. W. in Milan. Two cars of a south bound 6-car switch train loaded with gravel and consigned to Milan were derailed.

1980 -- 25 years ago
Garfield School, Moline, has a new ''R2D2 Trash Trolley.'' The ''Star Wars'' trash can, built by Charles Titus, an industrial arts teacher at Moline High School, and painted by Mary Kinder of the Garfield PTA, was a project of the PTA environmental action committee.

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1864 — 150 years ago: A large pair of elk, captured in Iowa, were exhibited in Market Square today.
1889 — 125 years ago: The Rock Island Arsenal dam was being constructed under the supervision of Charles Frances, of Lowell, Mass.
1914 — 100 years ago: Mrs. Frank Mixer, of Rock Island, was the winner of the final preliminary for the women's handicap golf cup at Rock Island arsenal links.
1939 — 75 years ago: Sixteen hundred persons — many from war-fearful Europe — arrived in New York aboard the German liner Bremen. For two days on the trip, passengers were cut off from the world with both incoming and outgoing radio messages banned.
1964 — 50 years ago: Police reported five youths have been involved in the theft of about seven cars in recent weeks. Three of the youths were arrested Saturday afternoon, one was in custody as the result of a previous arrest, and the fifth is expected to be arrested today.
1989 — 25 years ago: The Rock Island/Milan School Board is asking the city to tear down Franklin School and allow the school district to pay back the estimated $100,00 cost during 10 years.

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