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: We learn that it is a contemplation to start a paper mill in Rock Island during the summer by a gentleman from the East.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The gates of Oklahoma were swung open at noon today, and a throng of more than 30,000 settlers started over its soil.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Iowa Coliseum Co. was incorporated with $40,000 capital and planned a building on 4th Street between Warren and Green streets in Davenport.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans are being discussed for resurfacing the streets in the entire downtown district of Rock Island.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Some 45 jobs will be created at J.I. Case Co.'s Rock Island plant in a expansion of operations announced yesterday afternoon at the firm's headquarters in Racine, Wis.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Gardeners and farmers cheered, but not all Quad-Citians found joy Saturday as more than an inch of rain fell on the area. Motorists faced dangerous, rain-slick roads as the water activated grease and grime that had built up during dry weather.








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