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 board of education has granted Thursday as a holiday for the children, with the expectation that parents who desire to have their children attend the Scott County Fair will do so on that day and save irregularity the rest of the week.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The guard fence around the new cement walk at the Harper House has been removed. The blocks are diamond shape, alternating in black and white.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Rev. R.B. Williams, former pastor of the First Methodist Church, Rock Island, was named superintendent of the Rock Island District.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Abnormally high temperatures and lack of rainfall in Illinois during the past week have speeded maturing of corn and soybean crops.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Installation of a new television system in St. Anthony's Hospital, which includes a closed circuit channel as well as the three regular Quad-Cities channels, has been completed and now is in operation.
1989 -- 25 years ago: When the new Moline High School was built in 1958, along with it were plans to construct a football field in the bowl near 34th Street on the campus. Wednesday afternoon, more than 30 years later, the Moline Board of Education Athletic Board sent the ball rolling toward the possible construction of that field by asking superintendent Richard Hennigan to take to the board of education a proposal to hire a consultant.






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