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: We learn that it is a contemplation to start a paper mill in Rock Island during the summer by a gentleman from the East.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The gates of Oklahoma were swung open at noon today, and a throng of more than 30,000 settlers started over its soil.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Iowa Coliseum Co. was incorporated with $40,000 capital and planned a building on 4th Street between Warren and Green streets in Davenport.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans are being discussed for resurfacing the streets in the entire downtown district of Rock Island.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Some 45 jobs will be created at J.I. Case Co.'s Rock Island plant in a expansion of operations announced yesterday afternoon at the firm's headquarters in Racine, Wis.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Gardeners and farmers cheered, but not all Quad-Citians found joy Saturday as more than an inch of rain fell on the area. Motorists faced dangerous, rain-slick roads as the water activated grease and grime that had built up during dry weather.








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