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: It is estimated that 300,000 people attended the recent Democratic convention in Chicago when Gen. George B. McClellan of New Jersey was nominated as a candidate for president of the United States.
1889 — 125 years ago: Alderman Frank Ill, Winslow Howard and Captain J.M. Montgomery returned from Milwaukee, where they attended the national Grand Army of the Republic encampment.
1914 — 100 years ago: Three members of the Rock Island YMCA accepted positions as physical directors of other associations. Albert Cook went to Kewanee, C.D. Curtis to Canton and Willis Woods to Leavenworth, Kan.
1939 — 75 years ago: Former President Herbert Hoover appealed for national support of President F.D. Roosevelt and Congress in every effort to keep the United States out of war.
1964 — 50 years ago: The Rock Island Junior chamber pf Commerce has received answers to about 65 % of the 600 questionnaires mailed out recently in a "Community Attitude Survey" to analyze sentiments of citizens towards their city's various recreational, educational, and civic service programs.
1989 — 25 years ago: The two thunderstorms passing through the Quad Cities last night and early today left some area residents reaching for their flashlights.






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