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: Never in the history of Rock Island was there such a demand for houses as at present. Our city is suffering for the want of suitable tenement houses.

1889 — 125 years ago: The choir of Central Presbyterian Church presented a ladies concert under the direction of S.T. Bowlby.

1914 — 100 years ago: Miss Rosella Benson was elected president of the Standard Bearers of Spencer Memorial Methodist Church.

1939 — 75 years ago: Mrs. Nell Clapper was elected president of the Rock Island Business and Professional Women's Club.

1964 — 50 years ago: Gerald Hickman, of Seattle, Wash, will move his family to Rock Island to assume the position of produce buyer for the Eagle Food Center chain of food stores. This announcement was made today by Bernard Weindruch, president of Eagles.

1989 — 25 years ago: Care & Share, formed in 1984 to provide food to jobless and needy Quad-Citians, will disband because the major part of a crisis created by plant closings is over. Food for the needy is still necessary. So groups separately will continue to raise money and collect food.




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