Today is Wednesday, May 6, the 126th day of 2015. There are 239 days left in the year.
1865 -- 150 years ago: The contractors who will furnish stone for buildings at Rock Island Arsenal have at last perfected their arrangements and should begin to deliver hewn stone in a few weeks.
1890 -- 125 years ago: There was a heavy early morning frost, and it was feared that it might prove disastrous to fruit crops that were in any way advanced.
1915 -- 100 years ago: The drys suffered a stinging defeat in the state senate when that body practically killed all pending dry legislation.
1940 -- 75 years ago: The Knights of Columbus were holding their 43rd convention in Rock Island.
1965 -- 50 years ago: The Black Hawk Chieftain, student newspaper at Black Hawk College, has been rated an all-American newspaper for the first time in its history.
1990 -- 25 years ago: One year ago, the Fort Armstrong Hotel in downtown Rock Island looked like a condemned building, a relic from another ara. Now, a $5 million renovation of the Fort is returning the facility to a semblance of its past glory.