Day in history for May 21, 2005

1855 -- 150 years ago
Rock Island residents were having ice delivered to their door for the first time by the Brigham And Company ice wagon.

1880 -- 125 years ago
The opera ''Queen Esther'' was presented at the Harper Theater under the direction of Professor R.W. Seager.

1905 -- 100 years ago
The state convention of the Elks, meeting in Moline, voted to hold the next convention in Decatur.

1930 -- 75 years ago
The battle fleet of the United States was moored in the Virginia Capes where it was reviewed by the commander-in-chief, President Herbert Hoover.

1955 -- 50 years ago
The Rock Island Civil Defense Corps will take no active part in the national CD exercise ''Operation Alert'' on June 15 and 16 unless Rock Island is selected as the target for a surprise ''attack.''

1980 -- 25 years ago
A former Augustana president has written a book about more than 2,500 of the Lutheran pastors ordained at Augustana 1850-1962. Dr. Conrad Bergendoff, head of Augustana College and Theological Seminary from 1935 to 1962, spent five years working on ''Augustana Ministerium.''

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1864 -- 150 years ago: The ladies have adopted the fashion of wearing representations of insects in the flowers on their bonnets. Some look very natural.
1889 -- 125 years ago: T.F. Cary, former Rock Island alderman, has accepted a position as salesman for a Chicago wallpaper house and plans to move to that city.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Work on the new telephone building on 18th Street between 6th and 7th avenues is progressing rapidly.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Rock Island's new theater at 3rd Avenue and 19th Street will have a name significant of its location. The "Rocket" is scheduled to open Thanksgiving Day.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Two of Rock Island's newest water towers were vandalized last night, including the one at 38th Street and 31st Avenue, where police took five Moline boys into custody about 9 p.m..
1989 -- 25 years ago: Some of us who live in the Quad-Cities take the Mississippi River for granted, or at least we used to. But the river is not taken for granted by our visitors. And most Quad-Citians are realizing the importance of the river to this area as increased emphasis is placed on tourism.







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