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: Port Byron passengers and mails will be transported by the Sterling and Rock Island railroad.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The congregation of the First Methodist church worshiped in Harper's theater, where construction work is being done at the church site.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Three-eye baseball for Moline was assured the Danville Franchise will be transferred to the Plow city.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Roseville Methodist Church is observing its 100th anniversary.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The last remaining unfinished portion of Interstate 80 between the Quad-Cities and Joliet will be opened to traffic by Aug 12.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Of all the highlights of the last 12 years, this is the greatest of all, said Dennis Hitchcock, producer director of Circa '21 Dinner Playhouse, as he torched the mortgage, clearing a $220,000 loan financing the downtown Rock Island theater's beginnings in 1977.




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