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: Some persons are negotiating for 80 feet of ground on Illinois Street with a view of erecting four stores thereon. It would serve a better purpose if the money was invested in neat tenement houses.
1889 — 125 years ago: The Central station, car house and stables of the Moline-Rock Island Horse Railway line of the Holmes syndicate, together with 15 cars and 42 head of horses, were destroyed by fire. The loss was at $15,000.
1914 — 100 years ago: Vera Cruz, Mexico, after a day and night of resistance to American forces, gradually ceased opposition. The American forces took complete control of the city.
1939 — 75 years ago: Dr. R. Bruce Collins was reelected for a second term as president of the Lower Rock Island County Tuberculosis Association.
1964 — 50 years ago: Work is scheduled to begin this summer on construction of a new men's residence complex and an addition to the dining facilities at Westerlin Hall at Augustana College.
1989 — 25 years ago: Special Olympics competitors were triple winners at Rock Island High School Saturday. The participants vanquished the rain that fell during the competition, and some won their events; but most important, they triumphed over their own disabilities.




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