Day in history for May 7, 2005

1855 -- 150 years ago
It was learned by The Argus that a man was perfecting plans for the erection of a bath house in the city. Citizens were urged to encourage the enterprise with their patronage.

1880 -- 125 years ago
A new drinking cup of granite iron was presented at the court house for use at the public pump.

1905 -- 100 years ago
The Masonic lodges of Rock Island advanced the fees for the first three orders.

1930 -- 75 years ago
Kid Leonard of Moline slugged his way to victory over Billy Hoon of Rock Island in 10 rounds of furious fighting in Davenport Coliseum.

1955 -- 50 years ago
Rodney Brodie, who made medical history 2 1/2 years ago by becoming the first head-joined Siamese twin to survive separation, is in grave condition following an unexpected setback. University of Illinois Research Hospital said the famous 3 1/2 year old boy has a brain hemorrhage.

1980 -- 25 years ago
A Piper Aztec twin engine plane crash landed early today at the Quad-City Airport, Moline, after a landing gear malfunction. The pilot, Mark McClain from Des Moines, was not injured and the plane incurred only minor damage.

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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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