Day in history for March 10, 2005

1855 -- 150 years ago
The farmers will notice that John Deere is prepared to supply them with the means of turning the rich soil of the west into gold. His plows are now used throughout the whole west and south.

1880 -- 125 years ago
Capt. W.H. Pearce has resigned his position in the Buford store in order to command the steamer Cora Emily which will be run as an excursion boat.

1905 -- 100 years ago
The Rock Island city council last night instructed the chief of police to order policemen to close all saloons in the city at midnight.

1930 -- 75 years ago
Some Rock Island stores will use their display windows Thursday evening for a style show. Models will parade in the windows.

1955 -- 50 years ago
Lyle Fulk, Geneseo florist, told Geneseo aldermen that the city has been threatened by Dutch elm disease which destroys elm trees within a matter of only a few weeks once they become infested with the disease.

1980 -- 25 years ago
An Alexis man escaped injury when he made an emergency landing in his plane at the Quad-City Airport Monday afternoon. Glenn Heber, a cattle buyer, was returning alone from Belle Plaine, Iowa, when he notified the control tower he was losing air speed and was unable to lower the front landing gear of his twin-engine plane.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Yesterday some bold thief stole a full bolt of calico from a box in front of Wadsworth's store, where it was on exhibition.
1889 -- 125 years ago: A team belonging to Peter Priese got away from its driver and made a mad run across the Rock Island Bridge. The driver was thrown from his seat but not hurt.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Carlton Taylor was appointed district deputy grand master for the 14th
Masonic District of Illinois.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Moline's million dollar municipal airport was dedicated to air transportation and the national defense by Lt. Gov. John Stelle.
1964 -- 50 years ago: THE ARGUS will be election headquarters for Rock Island County tomorrow night, and the public is invited to watch the operation. The closing of the polls at 6 p.m. will mark the start of open house in the newsroom. Visitors will see staff members receiving, tabulating and posting returns.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Few bricks actually tumbled, but no one seemed to mind as about 1,000 people gathered to celebrate the formal start of demolition at the site of a downtown civic center.




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