Day in history for May 2, 2005

1855 -- 150 years ago
Throngs of people were visiting Rock Island via the ferry which had been established on the other side of the river, with regular runs to Rock Island and Fort Armstrong.

1880 -- 125 years ago
Rock Island citizens were making plans to hold a good ''old fashioned'' Fourth of July.

1905 -- 100 years ago
L.L. McDonald began his duties here as secretary of the YMCA.

1930 -- 75 years ago
The Associated Press reported that the value of farm land in Illinois had struck bottom, with an upward trend expected shortly.

1955 -- 50 years ago
Rock Island firemen, including the aerial ladder truck, sped to Longfellow School, 7th Avenue and 42nd Street, Rock Island, on report of a school fire at 7:25 this morning. The firemen found a fire, but in the school's trash burner. A passing motorist saw the trash flames and thought the school was on fire.

1980 -- 25 years ago
A total of 153 Augustana College freshmen were initiated into Aristeia Honor Society at recent ceremonies on the campus. The first-year students qualified for membership by earning a grade-point average of 3.50 or higher during the fall or winter quarter.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: The board of education has granted Thursday as a holiday for the children, with the expectation that parents who desire to have their children attend the Scott County Fair will do so on that day and save irregularity the rest of the week.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The guard fence around the new cement walk at the Harper House has been removed. The blocks are diamond shape, alternating in black and white.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Rev. R.B. Williams, former pastor of the First Methodist Church, Rock Island, was named superintendent of the Rock Island District.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Abnormally high temperatures and lack of rainfall in Illinois during the past week have speeded maturing of corn and soybean crops.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Installation of a new television system in St. Anthony's Hospital, which includes a closed circuit channel as well as the three regular Quad-Cities channels, has been completed and now is in operation.
1989 -- 25 years ago: When the new Moline High School was built in 1958, along with it were plans to construct a football field in the bowl near 34th Street on the campus. Wednesday afternoon, more than 30 years later, the Moline Board of Education Athletic Board sent the ball rolling toward the possible construction of that field by asking superintendent Richard Hennigan to take to the board of education a proposal to hire a consultant.






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