Day in history for May 5, 2005

1855 -- 150 years ago
The Argus announced that it was satisfactorily ascertained that ducks entered the water for ''divers'' reasons and came out for ''sun-dry'' reasons.

1880 -- 125 years ago
Joseph F. Davis, one of the oldest settlers of Rock Island County, died in his home in Buffalo Prairie Township at the age of 75.

1905 -- 100 years ago
Mayor George F. McCaskrin met with about 40 saloon keepers to discuss Rock Island saloon regulations.

1930 -- 75 years ago
Rock Island High School entered 26 tracksters in the 20th annual Big Nine interscholastic track and field meet at Rock Island Public Schools Stadium.

1955 -- 50 years ago
An impressive pile of fives adds up to a big day for Douglas Clausen of northeast of Aledo. Douglas will be 5 on the fifth day of the fifth month of the 55th year of this century. A party is planned at the home of Douglas' grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Everett Baldwin, where he resides with his mother, Mrs. Mary Jane Clausen.

1980 -- 25 years ago
Gene Drexell of Moline converted his downriver canoe into a garbage scow this weekend so he and about 17 others could clean the banks of the Hennepin Canal between Locks 25 and 26.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: It is rumored in the streets that the 13 negroes sent to Quincy on the Moline quota were refused. We think this must be a mistake.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Harvey McKenna, of Detroit, billiard player matched to play Wizard Schafer in New York in January for the world championship, was a professional friend and manager, Billy Catton in Rock Island.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Levi Cralle, former Rock Island county sheriff, had come from his farm near Mitchell, S.D. to visit friends in the city.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Work is being rushed on the new high school building in Orion to replace the one destroyed by fire last winter. Classes are being held in churches.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Rehearsals for the 84th season of the Handel Oratorio Society chorus will begin at 7:30 p.m. Monday on the stage of Centennial Hall, Augustana College.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Rock Island City Council's plan announced this week to have the federal government vacate Valley Homes public housing and move residents to Arsenal Courts to reduce density may not be feasible.






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