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: Journeymen shoemakers of Rock Island struck for higher wages yesterday morning, asking 25 percent increases. Employers have acceded to their demand.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Lighting struck wires of the Merchants Electric Light Co. during a furious storm, and many Rock Island business houses were compelled to resort to gas as a means of illumination.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Members of the First Church of Christ, Scientist, decided to erect a new edifice at a cost of about $60,000.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Willard Anderson, junior forward for the Augustana College basketball team, which won 17 out of 22 contests, was elected captain of the quintet.
1964 -- 50 years ago: John Hoffman, Moline, president of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts, will be honored for his 50 years in scouting by members of the council at a dinner Thursday evening.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Quad-Cities has what is believed to be the area's first elite-class gymnast. It's the stuff upon which Olympic competitors are made. Tiffany Chapman, of Rock Island, not only has earned the highest possible gymnast ranking, she won the honor at age 11.






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