Day in history for March 12, 2005

1855 -- 150 years ago
Acts passed by the Illinois legislature and signed by the governor include: Incorporation of the towns of Moline and Geneseo, incorporation of North Western Masonic University in Mercer County and an act authorizing Rock Island County to borrow to build a jail and fireproof offices.

1880 -- 125 years ago
J.S. Gilmore, Rock Island packer of meat, shipped 75,000 pounds of pork and beef to Chicago today.

1905 -- 100 years ago
Samuel Hoogner, who died today, went west by ox team in 1852 to hunt gold. After operating a gold mine in California for several years, he returned to Rock Island.

1930 -- 75 years ago
Charging political interference with his office, Frank Brady resigned as chief of police in Davenport.

1955 -- 50 years ago
The latest development in telephones, the hand-free model, was demonstrated this morning at the Rock Island office of the Illinois Bell Telephone Co. The demonstration today was in conjunction with the installation of the 3,000,000th phone in Illinois today in Chicago.

1980 -- 25 years ago
A rural East Moline family spent an anxious half hour Tuesday night as three armed men forced their way into their home, tied them up and ransacked their home looking for silver.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Because of the National Fast, no paper will be issued from this office tomorrow.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Attracting considerable attention is a sunflower stalk 15 feet high and still growing in the yard of Dr. C. Speidel on 23rd Street in Rock Island.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The municipal bathing beach proposition came up again at the city commission's meeting and a proposition passed, provided that a locker room be constructed at the foot of 7th Street for the accommodation of the bathers.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans for erecting a $14,000 warehouse to replace the frame structure at the rear of the Augustana Book Concern were announced.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Hours for tours of the new Deere & Co. Administrative Center on John Deere Road will be changed, effective Monday.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Tuesday night at the Great Mississippi Valley Fair in Davenport the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band gave its fans more than they possibly could have expected. The band took the stage at 9:07 p.m. and didn't leave until 10:40.









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