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: We are told league merchants have paid no attention to the prohibition on selling ammunition, but continue to sell just as before the order was issued.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The Rev. R.F. Sweet, rector of Trinity Episcopal Parish, left for the East to visit his boyhood home in Boston before attending the general convention of the Episcopal Church in New York.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Dr. E.A. Anderson was named to succeed Dr. E.L. Kerns as head physician of the Modern Woodmen of America, and moved to Rock Island from Holdingford, Minn.
1939 -- 75 years ago: One week late, because of the outbreak of war, Dr. E.L. Beyer resumed his work as professor of romance languages at Augustana College. Dr. and Mrs. Beyer left Germany on the last train to the Belgian border.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Employees in Turnstyle stores in Moline and Davenport will vote Oct. 2 in an election set up by the Chicago regional office of the National Labor Relations Board. Employees will vote either for the Retail Clerk International or for no union.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Rock Island High School is considering a step to help teen moms stay in school and get their diploma. The school board is expected to vote tonight on instituting an on-site child care center.




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