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: The attention of contractors is called to proposals for building a magazine. The building is to be erected on the south side of the island, above the railroad, nearly opposite Sinnit's ice houses.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Ladies patent leather tip shoes were selling for $3 at the M & K store, and men's spring overcoats were advertised at $7.50.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Fred Feuchter, of Davenport, was elected president of the Tri-City Post Office Clerks club, and Joe Goldsmith, of Rock Island, was named secretary treasurer.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Mass vaccination of more than 1,600 employed of the Rock Island Arsenal has been ordered by Col. Norman Ramsey after a 13-year-old daughter of the Arsenal manager became ill with smallpox.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The 1964 Scout-O-Rama of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts closed a two-day session last evening at the Rock Island Armory with 5,000 paid attendance.
1989 -- 25 years ago: "From the horse and buggy days ... to this" said Mercer County Sheriff Marvin Thirtyacre, waving his hand to indicate the sheriff's department facilities at the new $1.5 million Mercer County Jail in Aledo.




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