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: A new steamer, Keithsburg, now is at our levee taking on board the balance of her fixtures preparatory to assuming her position on the daily Rock Island and Keokuk line.
1889 -- 125 years ago: C.W. Hawes was appointed deputy county clerk by county clerk Donaldson.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Mrs. O.E. child, of Moline, was named president of the Women's Home Missionary Society of the Methodist Church Rock Island District of the Central Illinois conference.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Augustana College is making plans for a drive for funds to erect a field house and make football field improvements.
1964 -- 50 years ago: A expanded election coverage system featuring a 16-foot chalkboard showing up to the minute running totals, attracted a large and enthusiastic crowd to The Argus newsroom last night.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Balloons frame Rock Island attorney Stewart Winstein who was given a surprise party in the rotunda of the Rock Island County Courthouse on Thursday to honor his 50th year of practicing law.

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