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: Charles M. Osborn of this city, a lawyer of prominence, who voted for Lincoln in 1860 is now out strong for McClellan and will take the stump for him.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The George Fleming company had begun its dried fruit packing in a branch plant on 16th Street, Rock Island, employing nearly a hundred workers.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The cornerstone of the new Eagles home was laid. Building committee members were John Kobeman, Fred Ehmke and Frank Wich.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Former Kaiser Wilhelm, in exile, is sad as the Nazis march with communists.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Ninety-two members of the acappella choir at Davenport's West High School today accepted an invitation to perform at the New York World's Fair on June 13, 1965.
1989 -- 25 years ago: A Rock Island woman is one of 50 winners of $10,000 in cash in the Illinois State Lottery's "Celebration "89" instant ticket game. Dawn Loeffler was the third winner to be chosen through daily drawings that began Aug. 28 and will run 50 consecutive days.

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