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: Journeymen shoemakers of Rock Island struck for higher wages yesterday morning, asking 25 percent increases. Employers have acceded to their demand.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Lighting struck wires of the Merchants Electric Light Co. during a furious storm, and many Rock Island business houses were compelled to resort to gas as a means of illumination.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Members of the First Church of Christ, Scientist, decided to erect a new edifice at a cost of about $60,000.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Willard Anderson, junior forward for the Augustana College basketball team, which won 17 out of 22 contests, was elected captain of the quintet.
1964 -- 50 years ago: John Hoffman, Moline, president of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts, will be honored for his 50 years in scouting by members of the council at a dinner Thursday evening.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Quad-Cities has what is believed to be the area's first elite-class gymnast. It's the stuff upon which Olympic competitors are made. Tiffany Chapman, of Rock Island, not only has earned the highest possible gymnast ranking, she won the honor at age 11.






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