Day in history for May 29, 2005

1855 -- 150 years ago
The Arcade Saloon, just below the Rock Island House, on Eagle Street, will be opened for the reception of the public tonight.

1880 -- 125 years ago
The special advertising car of P.T. Barnum's great circus came in on the Western Union road today and is a marvel of beauty. The car is 15 days in advance of the show.

1905 -- 100 years ago
J.M. Young, of Chicago, a salesman of oil paintings, is registered at the Harper. His collection is valued at over $30,000.

1930 -- 75 years ago
More than a hundred Belgian-American residents of Rock Island, Milan, Moline and East Moline set out on a 4,000-mile journey to Belgium. The 100th anniversary of Belgian independence is being celebrated.

1955 -- 50 years ago
Improvement of Browning Field facilities, with emphasis on improved lighting, will be discussed by the Moline Board of Education at a special meeting in Allendale Tuesday night.

1980 -- 25 years ago
An extensive system of carpools for the area's major employers is the first step suggested by Bi-State Metropolitan Planning Commission to meet federal guidelines on carbon monoxide emissions.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: It is rumored in the streets that the 13 negroes sent to Quincy on the Moline quota were refused. We think this must be a mistake.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Harvey McKenna, of Detroit, billiard player matched to play Wizard Schafer in New York in January for the world championship, was a professional friend and manager, Billy Catton in Rock Island.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Levi Cralle, former Rock Island county sheriff, had come from his farm near Mitchell, S.D. to visit friends in the city.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Work is being rushed on the new high school building in Orion to replace the one destroyed by fire last winter. Classes are being held in churches.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Rehearsals for the 84th season of the Handel Oratorio Society chorus will begin at 7:30 p.m. Monday on the stage of Centennial Hall, Augustana College.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Rock Island City Council's plan announced this week to have the federal government vacate Valley Homes public housing and move residents to Arsenal Courts to reduce density may not be feasible.






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