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: We are informed by J.H. Hull that the reason the street sprinkler was not at work yesterday settling the dust on the streets, was because one of his horses was injured.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Bonnie McGregor, a fleet-footed stallion owned by S.W. Wheelock of this community, covered himself with glory at Lexington, Ky, when he ran a mile in 2:13 1/2. The horse's value was estimated as at least $50,000.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Troops are pouring into Paris to prepare for defense of the city. The German army is reported to be only 60 miles from the capital of France.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The German army has invaded Poland in undeclared warfare. Poland has appealed to Great Britain and France for aid.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Publication of a plant newspaper, the Farmall Works News, has been launched at the Rock Island IHC factory and replaces a managerial newsletter.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Officials predict Monday's Rock Island Labor Parade will be the biggest and best ever. Last minute work continues on floats and costumes for the parade, which steps off a 9:30 a.m.




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