Day in history for May 11, 2005

1855 -- 150 years ago
The steamer R.H. Lee was sunk following a collision with the steamer Ocean Wave a short distance below the mouth of the Illinois River.

1880 -- 125 years ago
Fire in McQuaid's Saloon, Rock Island, caused heavy damage.

1905 -- 100 years ago
It was announced that the Diamond Jo steamer ''Dubuque'' would extend its runs to Rock Island. The new schedule called for the boat to travel between Rock Island and St. Louis.

1930 -- 75 years ago
Chris Cagle, one of the country's most publicized collegiate football players, resigned from the United States Military Academy at West Point after presenting a certificate saying that he was married.

1955 -- 50 years ago
Two Rock Island men, Arvid Johnson and Henry Brandt, saved Edwin White from drowning in his rapidly submerging auto in the Mississippi River.

1980 -- 25 years ago
Ralph Van De Casteele brought back more than just a tan from his recent Hawaiian vacation. The veteran East Moline alderman carried with him a radical plan he thinks can save the police department thousands of dollars. Van De Casteele wants the city's 31 policemen to use their own cars on patrol.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: We are told league merchants have paid no attention to the prohibition on selling ammunition, but continue to sell just as before the order was issued.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The Rev. R.F. Sweet, rector of Trinity Episcopal Parish, left for the East to visit his boyhood home in Boston before attending the general convention of the Episcopal Church in New York.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Dr. E.A. Anderson was named to succeed Dr. E.L. Kerns as head physician of the Modern Woodmen of America, and moved to Rock Island from Holdingford, Minn.
1939 -- 75 years ago: One week late, because of the outbreak of war, Dr. E.L. Beyer resumed his work as professor of romance languages at Augustana College. Dr. and Mrs. Beyer left Germany on the last train to the Belgian border.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Employees in Turnstyle stores in Moline and Davenport will vote Oct. 2 in an election set up by the Chicago regional office of the National Labor Relations Board. Employees will vote either for the Retail Clerk International or for no union.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Rock Island High School is considering a step to help teen moms stay in school and get their diploma. The school board is expected to vote tonight on instituting an on-site child care center.


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