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: We learn that it is a contemplation to start a paper mill in Rock Island during the summer by a gentleman from the East.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The gates of Oklahoma were swung open at noon today, and a throng of more than 30,000 settlers started over its soil.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Iowa Coliseum Co. was incorporated with $40,000 capital and planned a building on 4th Street between Warren and Green streets in Davenport.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans are being discussed for resurfacing the streets in the entire downtown district of Rock Island.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Some 45 jobs will be created at J.I. Case Co.'s Rock Island plant in a expansion of operations announced yesterday afternoon at the firm's headquarters in Racine, Wis.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Gardeners and farmers cheered, but not all Quad-Citians found joy Saturday as more than an inch of rain fell on the area. Motorists faced dangerous, rain-slick roads as the water activated grease and grime that had built up during dry weather.








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