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: We are informed by J.H. Hull that the reason the street sprinkler was not at work yesterday settling the dust on the streets, was because one of his horses was injured.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Bonnie McGregor, a fleet-footed stallion owned by S.W. Wheelock of this community, covered himself with glory at Lexington, Ky, when he ran a mile in 2:13 1/2. The horse's value was estimated as at least $50,000.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Troops are pouring into Paris to prepare for defense of the city. The German army is reported to be only 60 miles from the capital of France.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The German army has invaded Poland in undeclared warfare. Poland has appealed to Great Britain and France for aid.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Publication of a plant newspaper, the Farmall Works News, has been launched at the Rock Island IHC factory and replaces a managerial newsletter.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Officials predict Monday's Rock Island Labor Parade will be the biggest and best ever. Last minute work continues on floats and costumes for the parade, which steps off a 9:30 a.m.




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