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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