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 estimated that 300,000 people attended the recent Democratic convention in Chicago when Gen. George B. McClellan of New Jersey was nominated as a candidate for president of the United States.
1889 — 125 years ago: Alderman Frank Ill, Winslow Howard and Captain J.M. Montgomery returned from Milwaukee, where they attended the national Grand Army of the Republic encampment.
1914 — 100 years ago: Three members of the Rock Island YMCA accepted positions as physical directors of other associations. Albert Cook went to Kewanee, C.D. Curtis to Canton and Willis Woods to Leavenworth, Kan.
1939 — 75 years ago: Former President Herbert Hoover appealed for national support of President F.D. Roosevelt and Congress in every effort to keep the United States out of war.
1964 — 50 years ago: The Rock Island Junior chamber pf Commerce has received answers to about 65 % of the 600 questionnaires mailed out recently in a "Community Attitude Survey" to analyze sentiments of citizens towards their city's various recreational, educational, and civic service programs.
1989 — 25 years ago: The two thunderstorms passing through the Quad Cities last night and early today left some area residents reaching for their flashlights.






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