Day in history for May 31, 2005

1855 -- 150 years ago
The streets of Rock Island were strewn with fragments of paper, triangular in shape, marked with red crosses, calling for a Hindu Thug meeting in reference to the coming election.

1880 -- 125 years ago
The Rodman Rifles had a match with the Davenport Guards, the former winning by a score of 230-188.

1905 -- 100 years ago
Hagenbeck's Wild Beast Circus began a two week engagement in Rock Island.

1930 -- 75 years ago
Having again received the homage of multitudes of air-minded Americans, the famous German dirigible Graf Zeppelin was being prepared for its seventh trans-Atlantic crossing.

1955 -- 50 years ago
Rock Island police are seeking the culprits who exploded a large firecracker on the front porch of the George F. Crompton residence, 41 Hawthorne Rd., for the second time in 10 days about 11 p.m. Sunday.

1980 -- 25 years ago
Most students wouldn't mourn the retirement of their school cook, but hugs mixed with pleas of ''Can't you stay just one more year?'' were showered on Berniece Armstrong, head cook at Aldrin Junior High, during a surprise assembly held in her honor this week.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: The ferry boat, Rock Island, having been put in good order at the boat yard is now making her regular trips, much to the gratification of those who have to cross the river.
1889 -- 125 years ago: W.J. Gamble, for many years superintendent of the Moline & Rock Island railway, leased the Fourth Avenue Hotel and renovated and refurnished it throughout.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Pending the building of new public schools or additions to the present ones to provide adequate room for all the children, the board of education decided that pupils younger than 6 years old would not be accepted in Rock Island schools.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The fifth annual New Windsor Fair and Horse show, which has been delayed for two days because of unfavorable weather, got off to a new start last night. The parade was held this morning.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The Rock Island County Fair and Rodeo will celebrate its silver anniversary this year. The fair opens Tuesday and will run through Saturday and offers entertainment and activity for young and old.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Earl Hanson School, Rock Island, joins the Program to Assist Latch Key Student, which aids working parents. PALS is a before and after school program for grades 1-6 in certain Rock Island public and private schools.




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