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 estimated that 300,000 people attended the recent Democratic convention in Chicago when Gen. George B. McClellan of New Jersey was nominated as a candidate for president of the United States.
1889 — 125 years ago: Alderman Frank Ill, Winslow Howard and Captain J.M. Montgomery returned from Milwaukee, where they attended the national Grand Army of the Republic encampment.
1914 — 100 years ago: Three members of the Rock Island YMCA accepted positions as physical directors of other associations. Albert Cook went to Kewanee, C.D. Curtis to Canton and Willis Woods to Leavenworth, Kan.
1939 — 75 years ago: Former President Herbert Hoover appealed for national support of President F.D. Roosevelt and Congress in every effort to keep the United States out of war.
1964 — 50 years ago: The Rock Island Junior chamber pf Commerce has received answers to about 65 % of the 600 questionnaires mailed out recently in a "Community Attitude Survey" to analyze sentiments of citizens towards their city's various recreational, educational, and civic service programs.
1989 — 25 years ago: The two thunderstorms passing through the Quad Cities last night and early today left some area residents reaching for their flashlights.






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