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: It is estimated that 300,000 people attended the recent Democratic convention in Chicago when Gen. George B. McClellan of New Jersey was nominated as a candidate for president of the United States.
1889 — 125 years ago: Alderman Frank Ill, Winslow Howard and Captain J.M. Montgomery returned from Milwaukee, where they attended the national Grand Army of the Republic encampment.
1914 — 100 years ago: Three members of the Rock Island YMCA accepted positions as physical directors of other associations. Albert Cook went to Kewanee, C.D. Curtis to Canton and Willis Woods to Leavenworth, Kan.
1939 — 75 years ago: Former President Herbert Hoover appealed for national support of President F.D. Roosevelt and Congress in every effort to keep the United States out of war.
1964 — 50 years ago: The Rock Island Junior chamber pf Commerce has received answers to about 65 % of the 600 questionnaires mailed out recently in a "Community Attitude Survey" to analyze sentiments of citizens towards their city's various recreational, educational, and civic service programs.
1989 — 25 years ago: The two thunderstorms passing through the Quad Cities last night and early today left some area residents reaching for their flashlights.






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