Day in history for May 13, 2005

1855 -- 150 years ago
A Peoria newspaper announced the discovery of a vein of blacksmith's coal near the city.

1880 -- 125 years ago
The play, ''The Celebrated Case'' appeared at the Harper Theater.

1905 -- 100 years ago
Albert Charles Dart, a resident here for nearly 50 years, died. He was president of Henry Dart's Sons Co.

1930 -- 75 years ago
Curt Chelstrom, freshman from Chicago, pitched a no-hit, no-run game for Augustana against Western State Teachers College of Macomb on the Augie diamond.

1955 -- 50 years ago
Charles Deere Wiman, 63, president of Deere And Co. and a great-grandson of John Deere, founder of the extensive farm implement manufacturing concern, died last night in Tucson, Ariz., after an extended illness. Mr. Wiman went to Tucson several months ago in an effort to regain his health.

1980 -- 25 years ago
Thieves stole $2,000 worth of plumber tools over the weekend from an East Moline construction site. Gerald W. Van De Woestyne, Geneseo, told East Moline police that thieves broke a lock on his toolbox kept over the weekend at the Deerfield Woods apartment complex.

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1864 — 150 years ago: Never in the history of Rock Island was there such a demand for houses as at present. Our city is suffering for the want of suitable tenement houses.

1889 — 125 years ago: The choir of Central Presbyterian Church presented a ladies concert under the direction of S.T. Bowlby.

1914 — 100 years ago: Miss Rosella Benson was elected president of the Standard Bearers of Spencer Memorial Methodist Church.

1939 — 75 years ago: Mrs. Nell Clapper was elected president of the Rock Island Business and Professional Women's Club.

1964 — 50 years ago: Gerald Hickman, of Seattle, Wash, will move his family to Rock Island to assume the position of produce buyer for the Eagle Food Center chain of food stores. This announcement was made today by Bernard Weindruch, president of Eagles.

1989 — 25 years ago: Care & Share, formed in 1984 to provide food to jobless and needy Quad-Citians, will disband because the major part of a crisis created by plant closings is over. Food for the needy is still necessary. So groups separately will continue to raise money and collect food.

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