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: 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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