Day in history for May 19, 2005

1855 -- 150 years ago
The St. Louis Intelligencer, in a news story, commented that Davenport had one of the most beautiful ferry boats ever built.

1880 -- 125 years ago
Arrangements for the celebration of the Fourth of July were made by a group of citizens meeting at the Armory Hall.

1905 -- 100 years ago
The new $16,000 roller coaster for use at the Watch Tower was completed. Six cars were in operation.

1930 -- 75 years ago
A light rain and overcast skies greeted the thousands of visitors who poured into Churchill Downs where 14 colts and 1 filly were ready for the 56th running of the Kentucky Derby.

1955 -- 50 years ago
A 17-year-old Alleman High School student was being treated at St. Anthony's Hospital today for an injured eye. Hospital attendants said Dick Uhlmeyer, son of Mr. and Mrs. George Uhlmeyer, Rock Island, got acid in his right eye while working in the Alleman science laboratory.

1980 -- 25 years ago
Two roommates left their East Moline home at 1537 9th Ave. for only an hour early Saturday, but that was long enough for burglars to steal their belongings valued at $2,470.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Quite a number of Negroes have lately been brought here by abolition offers returning from the army in violation of the laws of the state.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Miss Tillie Denkmann, of Rock Island, was making plans to accompany a Davenport family on a tour of Europe.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The German advance into Belgium was going apparently without serious check. The American ambassador at Berlin published a denial of the charge that Americans had been ill-treated in Germany.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Seventy-two members of Rock Island High School's 1939 graduating class are preparing to enter college — 34 of them at Augustana.
1964 -- 50 years ago: One of the oldest buildings in Milan, which for a number of years has housed the Milan Hotel, will be razed to make way for a modern, two-story office structure.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Some are blaming it on the sudden influx of insects and the extreme humidity. Still others say the invasion was inspired by a recent movie. But whatever the reason, the Quad-Cities is swarming with bats.




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