Day in history for May 3, 2005

1855 -- 150 years ago
A Boston newspaper ridiculed the authorities of that city for compelling all barber shops to close on Sundays.

1880 -- 125 years ago
Arrangements were being made to prepare and produce ``Queen Esther'' and ``Belshazar,'' a pair of dramatic oratorios, in Rock Island and Davenport.

1905 -- 100 years ago
The new mayor of Rock Island, George W. McCaskrin, took his seat and delivered an address to the council.

1930 -- 75 years ago
The first meeting in the new $400,000 Scottish Rite temple in Moline was held with over 200 lodge members in attendance.

1955 -- 50 years ago
Cpl. Kenneth Berry, son of Mr. and Mrs. E.D. Berry, 3407 30th St., Rock Island, won first place in the novelty act category of the 3rd Army talent contest, held recently at Fort Jackson, S.C. A tap dance, song and guitar routine won the title and trophy for Cpl. Berry.

1980 -- 25 years ago
The Rev. Angel Sierra, 616 1st Ave., Silvis, will be ordained a priest for the Diocese of Peoria at 11 a.m. May 24 by the Most Rev. Edward W. O'Rourke, bishop of Peoria, at St. Mary Cathedral, Peoria. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Amador T. Sierra, of Silvis.

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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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