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: It is said that the ferry company has cleared about $10,000 since the burning of the railroad bridge. Couldn't the company now afford to pay that little bill it owes the city?
1889 -- 125 years ago: The sum of $4 million in cash in addition to supplies of immense value were forwarded to Jamestown, Pa., from all parts of the country for relief of the sufferers from the great flood.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Board of Education secured a site for the New Central Grammar School by purchasing additional property south of Irving School for $3,400.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The total number of workers employed at the Farmall Works of International Harvester Co. has reached a peak of 5,300, the largest payroll in Rock Island.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Army engineers testified today that the water levels of Lakes Huron and Michigan are at a 104-year low. The condition is causing a multi-million dollar loss to commercial shipping.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illinois Department of Revenue issued certification for a tax-increment- financing district Friday afternoon, opening one more door for developer Jim Massa to proceed through on his way to establishing an automobile raceway.






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