Day in history for May 4, 2005

1855 -- 150 years ago
The night express train into Rock Island was an hour-and-a-half behind, having been delayed by a freight train off the tracks at Colorado, Illinois.

1880 -- 125 years ago
A new and enlarged railroad schedule went into operation in Rock Island.

1905 -- 100 years ago
Lt. and Mrs. James B. Dilliard left Rock Island for their home in Ft. Riley, Kansas, accompanied by Col. James L. Dusk, Mrs. Dilliard's father.

1930 -- 75 years ago
The Pittsburgh Pirates held a three game lead in the National League pennant race while Washington paced the American loop.

1955 -- 50 years ago
The Quad-City Airport today was ''temporary base'' for four new H-21 Piasecki helicopters of the Air Force due to a combination of mechanical failure, bad weather and lack of facilities at a rival airport.

1980 -- 25 years ago
Sunshine, smiles and plenty of ribbons brightened the Mississippi Valley Special Olympics Saturday at Black Hawk College. Over 200 athletes competed in bowling, gymnastics, swimming and track events in the Illinois Quad-Cities' first-ever competition for mentally handicapped athletes.

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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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