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: 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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