Day in history for June 5, 2005

1855 -- 150 years ago
A very pretty little craft has just been completed here and departed for her destination. She is called H.S. Allen and will run on the Chippewa River.

1880 -- 125 years ago
This is a happy day for the boys and girls as the schools close today for the summer vacation.

1905 -- 100 years ago
The past month has been a record breaker in the amount of work accomplished at the great Rock Island railway shops at East Moline.

1930 -- 75 years ago
Mrs. Sarah Ann Walker, contented and happy, greets friends at home upon occasion of her 104th birthday anniversary.

1955 -- 50 years ago
Six-year-old Stevie Gardener attracted the attention of motorists when they saw him hitchhiking near 34th St. and 7th Ave., Moline, and they notified police. A squad car took Stevie to his parents, who said they weren't aware that their underwear and shoe clad youngster had wandered out of the yard.

1980 -- 25 years ago
Dorrance Park, used weekly by hundreds of ballplayers, could be closed next Wednesday unless Rock Island County pays Port Byron $181 in water bills, some more than a year overdue.

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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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