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: A new steamer, Keithsburg, now is at our levee taking on board the balance of her fixtures preparatory to assuming her position on the daily Rock Island and Keokuk line.
1889 -- 125 years ago: C.W. Hawes was appointed deputy county clerk by county clerk Donaldson.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Mrs. O.E. child, of Moline, was named president of the Women's Home Missionary Society of the Methodist Church Rock Island District of the Central Illinois conference.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Augustana College is making plans for a drive for funds to erect a field house and make football field improvements.
1964 -- 50 years ago: A expanded election coverage system featuring a 16-foot chalkboard showing up to the minute running totals, attracted a large and enthusiastic crowd to The Argus newsroom last night.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Balloons frame Rock Island attorney Stewart Winstein who was given a surprise party in the rotunda of the Rock Island County Courthouse on Thursday to honor his 50th year of practicing law.




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