Day in history for May 20, 2005

1855 -- 150 years ago
It was announced that a public hall, 40x70 feet, was to be built in Rock Island.

1880 -- 125 years ago
Commodore John L. Cockle of the Mississippi Valley Amateur Rowing Association and F. Baker of the Peoria Boat Club were in Rock Island looking over the regatta course.

1905 -- 100 years ago
The ''Musical Goodmans'' were appearing in vaudeville at the Illinois Theater.

1930 -- 75 years ago
Rock Island relatives received word of the death of Admiral Godfrey S. Blocklinger, 82, retired United States Naval Officer.

1955 -- 50 years ago
All persons employed in Moline establishments where food and drinks are served are required to take chest X-rays and the list of those who are X-rayed will be checked against lists of employees and operators to see that everyone complies with the regulation.

1980 -- 25 years ago
Rock Island officials are finding citizen support for a city plan to slap property owners with $50 fines for letting trash accumulate in their yards. Members of the Community Caring Conference asked councilmen to step up enforcement of the city's health code.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Port Byron passengers and mails will be transported by the Sterling and Rock Island railroad.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The congregation of the First Methodist church worshiped in Harper's theater, where construction work is being done at the church site.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Three-eye baseball for Moline was assured the Danville Franchise will be transferred to the Plow city.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Roseville Methodist Church is observing its 100th anniversary.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The last remaining unfinished portion of Interstate 80 between the Quad-Cities and Joliet will be opened to traffic by Aug 12.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Of all the highlights of the last 12 years, this is the greatest of all, said Dennis Hitchcock, producer director of Circa '21 Dinner Playhouse, as he torched the mortgage, clearing a $220,000 loan financing the downtown Rock Island theater's beginnings in 1977.




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