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: Miss McCorkindale has opened millinery rooms over Gimbel's dry goods store, where she offers a choice lot of millinery goods, which she will manufacture to order.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The little South Park Presbyterian chapel celebrated it first Easter decorated with flowers for an afternoon worship service attended by a large congregation.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Wennerberg Chorus of Augustana College has returned from a 2,000-mile tour in the Eastern states and Illinois.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Col. Charles Lindbergh has stated that he is convinced that Germany's air force is equal to the combined sky fleets of her potential European foes.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Small gas motors may be permitted on boats in the lake to be built in Loud Thunder Forest Preserve. The prospect was discussed yesterday at a meeting of the Rock Island County Forest Preserve Commission.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The annual Dispatch/Rock Island Argus Spelling Bee continues to be a family tradition. Ed Lee, an eighth-grader at John Deere Junior High School, Moline, is the 1989 spelling bee champion from among 49 top spellers in Rock Island, Henry and Mercer counties. He advances to the competition in Washington, D.C. Runnerup was Ed's sister, Susan.






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