Day in history for March 11, 2005

1855 -- 150 years ago
There now are three companies interested in building a railroad from Rock Island to Alton in southern Illinois.

1880 -- 125 years ago
Fritz and Satan, the bloodhounds used in the new ''Uncle Tom's Cabin,'' attracted much attention as they were taken for a walk in Rock Island today. The play will be presented tonight in Harper's Opera House.

1905 -- 100 years ago
Representative Magill has introduced a bill in the Legislature for appropriation of $50,000 for a monument on Campbell's Island. The island was the site of a battle in the War of 1812.

1930 -- 75 years ago
A crowd of 25,000 watched the funeral of John ''Dingbat'' Oberta, slain Chicago gangster.

1955 -- 50 years ago
Old Washington School is gradually disappearing from the Moline landscape. As good weather prevails, workmen are speeding the work of dismantling the 81-year-old structure at 8th Avenue and 17th Street.

1980 -- 25 years ago
Len H. Small, descendant of a pioneer Kankakee family, a lawyer who became editor and publisher of The Kankakee Daily Journal and chief executive officer of six daily newspapers in three states, is dead at the age of 65. Small, chairman of Moline Dispatch Publishing Co., was killed in a two-car collision on Illinois 113 about 10 miles north of his home in Kankakee.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: The board of education has granted Thursday as a holiday for the children, with the expectation that parents who desire to have their children attend the Scott County Fair will do so on that day and save irregularity the rest of the week.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The guard fence around the new cement walk at the Harper House has been removed. The blocks are diamond shape, alternating in black and white.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Rev. R.B. Williams, former pastor of the First Methodist Church, Rock Island, was named superintendent of the Rock Island District.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Abnormally high temperatures and lack of rainfall in Illinois during the past week have speeded maturing of corn and soybean crops.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Installation of a new television system in St. Anthony's Hospital, which includes a closed circuit channel as well as the three regular Quad-Cities channels, has been completed and now is in operation.
1989 -- 25 years ago: When the new Moline High School was built in 1958, along with it were plans to construct a football field in the bowl near 34th Street on the campus. Wednesday afternoon, more than 30 years later, the Moline Board of Education Athletic Board sent the ball rolling toward the possible construction of that field by asking superintendent Richard Hennigan to take to the board of education a proposal to hire a consultant.

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