Day in history for May 6, 2005

1855 -- 150 years ago
John Weston, a Fusion member of the Indiana Senate, elected to that post by the Temperance Moral Reform Party, was reported engaged in the manufacture of whiskey in Noble County, Indiana.

1880 -- 125 years ago
A Rock Island hotel announced that the new price for rooms in that particular hotel would be 75 cents a day.

1905 -- 100 years ago
Rock Island High School took third place in a track meet at Monmouth.

1930 -- 75 years ago
Over 600 delegates from all over the state gathered in Rock Island for the two-day convention of Illinois division of the Travelers Protective Association of America.

1955 -- 50 years ago
A bouquet of tulips, all on one stem, is the pride of the garden of Mrs. W.P. Paulsen, 2302 9th St., Rock Island. Five large yellow blossoms emerge from the same stem. The bulbs for these rarities were purchased last spring in Pella, Iowa, during their annual tulip festival.

1980 -- 25 years ago
Marci Schabilion, a junior at Davenport Central High School, has become the first female ever to win the U.S. Secret Service annual Law Enforcement Assistance Award for her help to Davenport police in solving a 1979 armed robbery.

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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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