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: Some persons are negotiating for 80 feet of ground on Illinois Street with a view of erecting four stores thereon. It would serve a better purpose if the money was invested in neat tenement houses.
1889 — 125 years ago: The Central station, car house and stables of the Moline-Rock Island Horse Railway line of the Holmes syndicate, together with 15 cars and 42 head of horses, were destroyed by fire. The loss was at $15,000.
1914 — 100 years ago: Vera Cruz, Mexico, after a day and night of resistance to American forces, gradually ceased opposition. The American forces took complete control of the city.
1939 — 75 years ago: Dr. R. Bruce Collins was reelected for a second term as president of the Lower Rock Island County Tuberculosis Association.
1964 — 50 years ago: Work is scheduled to begin this summer on construction of a new men's residence complex and an addition to the dining facilities at Westerlin Hall at Augustana College.
1989 — 25 years ago: Special Olympics competitors were triple winners at Rock Island High School Saturday. The participants vanquished the rain that fell during the competition, and some won their events; but most important, they triumphed over their own disabilities.




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