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: It is estimated that 300,000 people attended the recent Democratic convention in Chicago when Gen. George B. McClellan of New Jersey was nominated as a candidate for president of the United States.
1889 — 125 years ago: Alderman Frank Ill, Winslow Howard and Captain J.M. Montgomery returned from Milwaukee, where they attended the national Grand Army of the Republic encampment.
1914 — 100 years ago: Three members of the Rock Island YMCA accepted positions as physical directors of other associations. Albert Cook went to Kewanee, C.D. Curtis to Canton and Willis Woods to Leavenworth, Kan.
1939 — 75 years ago: Former President Herbert Hoover appealed for national support of President F.D. Roosevelt and Congress in every effort to keep the United States out of war.
1964 — 50 years ago: The Rock Island Junior chamber pf Commerce has received answers to about 65 % of the 600 questionnaires mailed out recently in a "Community Attitude Survey" to analyze sentiments of citizens towards their city's various recreational, educational, and civic service programs.
1989 — 25 years ago: The two thunderstorms passing through the Quad Cities last night and early today left some area residents reaching for their flashlights.






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