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: Miss McCorkindale has opened millinery rooms over Gimbel's dry goods store, where she offers a choice lot of millinery goods, which she will manufacture to order.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The little South Park Presbyterian chapel celebrated it first Easter decorated with flowers for an afternoon worship service attended by a large congregation.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Wennerberg Chorus of Augustana College has returned from a 2,000-mile tour in the Eastern states and Illinois.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Col. Charles Lindbergh has stated that he is convinced that Germany's air force is equal to the combined sky fleets of her potential European foes.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Small gas motors may be permitted on boats in the lake to be built in Loud Thunder Forest Preserve. The prospect was discussed yesterday at a meeting of the Rock Island County Forest Preserve Commission.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The annual Dispatch/Rock Island Argus Spelling Bee continues to be a family tradition. Ed Lee, an eighth-grader at John Deere Junior High School, Moline, is the 1989 spelling bee champion from among 49 top spellers in Rock Island, Henry and Mercer counties. He advances to the competition in Washington, D.C. Runnerup was Ed's sister, Susan.






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