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: Walter Jones, of Co, F 23rd Ky, volunteers, lost a satchel on the Camden road, yesterday, containing his papers of discharge from the army.
1889 -- 125 years ago: E. W. Robinson purchased from Mrs. J.T. Miller the livery stable on the triangle south of Market square.
1914 -- 100 years ago: A municipal; bathing beach was advocated at the weekly meeting of the city commission by commissioner Rudgren, who suggested the foot of Seventh Street as an excellent location.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Floyd Shetter, Rock Island county superintendent schools, announced teachers hired for nearly all of the 95 rural and village grade schools in the county.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The mercury officially reached the season's previous high of 95 about noon today and continued upward toward an expected mark of 97.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Fort Armstrong hotel once the wining and dining chambers of Rock Island's elite is under repair. Progress is being made though at a seeming snail's pace to return the building to a semblance of its past glory for senior citizen's homes.








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