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: Because of the National Fast, no paper will be issued from this office tomorrow.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Attracting considerable attention is a sunflower stalk 15 feet high and still growing in the yard of Dr. C. Speidel on 23rd Street in Rock Island.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The municipal bathing beach proposition came up again at the city commission's meeting and a proposition passed, provided that a locker room be constructed at the foot of 7th Street for the accommodation of the bathers.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans for erecting a $14,000 warehouse to replace the frame structure at the rear of the Augustana Book Concern were announced.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Hours for tours of the new Deere & Co. Administrative Center on John Deere Road will be changed, effective Monday.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Tuesday night at the Great Mississippi Valley Fair in Davenport the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band gave its fans more than they possibly could have expected. The band took the stage at 9:07 p.m. and didn't leave until 10:40.









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