Day in history for May 23, 2005

1855 -- 150 years ago
Rock Island residents gathered at the town hall to celebrate the first six months of gas-type light in the city.

1880 -- 125 years ago
The Rev. F. Doran, Colona, preached at the First Methodist Church.

1905 -- 100 years ago
An order was posted at shops abolishing the Saturday afternoon half-holiday.

1930 -- 75 years ago
In a record special election vote, the proposition to levy a mill tax to establish a municipal airport in Moline was defeated by the narrow margin of 212 votes.

1955 -- 50 years ago
Two Quad-Cities men filed suit today for $500,000 damages and an injunction to restrain a Bloomington company from using a drink dispensing device the plaintiffs claim they invented. Herbert M, Lowry, Rock Island, and John E. Martin, Moline, are plaintiffs in the suit filed in Rock Island County Circuit Court.

1980 -- 25 years ago
A Rock Island man has been named the state's best apprentice carpenter. Mark Greenleaf, 26, of 4244 14th St., won the Illinois State Apprentice contest in Springfield. He will represent the state in national competition in Cincinnati in mid-October.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Col. H.F. Sickless informs us that there will be new organization of troops in this state under the call for more men.
1889 -- 125 years ago: James Normoyle arrived home after graduating from West Point with honors in the class of 1889. He was to report to Fort Brady, Mich., as second lieutenant in the 23rd Infantry.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Austria Hungary declared war on Serbia. Germany and Austria refused an invitation of Sir Edward Grey to join Great Britain at a mediation conference.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Dr. William Mayo, the last of the three famous Mayo brother surgeons, died at the age of 78.
1964 -- 50 years ago: One of the biggest horse shows of the season was held yesterday at Hillandale Arena on Knoxville Road under the sponsorship of the Illowa Horsemen's Club.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Davenport is like a gigantic carnival this weekend with the Bix Arts Fest taking over 12 square blocks of the downtown area. A festive atmosphere prevailed Friday as thousands of people turned out to sample what the Arts Fest has to offer.








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