Day in history for June 1, 2005

1855 -- 150 years ago
A large party left Rock Island on a river excursion bound for Burlington aboard the Steamboat Ben Campbell.

1880 -- 125 years ago
The Chicago, Rock Island And Pacific Railroad was offering round-trip tickets to Chicago for the National Greenback Convention for $7.45.

1905 -- 100 years ago
Congressman Benjamin Marsh of this district died in his home in Warsaw after an illness of one week.

1930 -- 75 years ago
Edward H. Switzwe, a veteran of the Spanish and World wars, and a former brigadier general in the Illinois National Guard, died in his home.

1955 -- 50 years ago
Because the old steam engine has taken a back track to make way for the powerful diesel-driven locomotives, the Davenport Board of Park Commissioners has discussed the possibility of preserving one of the big iron relics in a city park.

1980 -- 25 years ago
The ''catalytic converter'' has retired. Illinois State Police Trooper Lee Misfelt, Geneseo, known by the unique ''handle'' to CB motorists and truckers from coast to coast, finished his last patrol with District 7, Illinois State Police at the end of April.

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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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