Day in history for March 15, 2005

1855 -- 150 years ago
State Senator Ben Graham arrived in town by the cars last evening and is stopping at the Island City Hotel. He'll leave for his home in Cambridge tomorrow.

1880 -- 125 years ago
Republicans organized a National Bank Club at a meeting in Dart's hall last night. Capt. Robinson and Samuel A. Lynde are the chief officers.

1905 -- 100 years ago
Henry Heutahrend, a pioneer painting contractor of Rock Island, died at the age of 74.

1930 -- 75 years ago
Two Davenport men have confessed the holdup and wounding of street car operator Wesley S. Batten.

1955 -- 50 years ago
A group of citizens under the leadership of Eugene French, former East Moline alderman, announced formal organization in a move to defeat the upcoming water filtration plant proposition at the polls. The proposition was twice before defeated by voters at special referendums after action was initiated by private groups.

1980 -- 25 years ago
As gasoline costs continue to rise and the earth's oil reserves continue to fall, more and more consumers are turning to gasohol as an alternative fuel for their automobiles. Gasohol, one part alcohol and nine parts gasoline, is becoming economically viable as gasoline prices catch up to alcohol costs and some states give the fuel special tax breaks.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: The attention of contractors is called to proposals for building a magazine. The building is to be erected on the south side of the island, above the railroad, nearly opposite Sinnit's ice houses.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Ladies patent leather tip shoes were selling for $3 at the M & K store, and men's spring overcoats were advertised at $7.50.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Fred Feuchter, of Davenport, was elected president of the Tri-City Post Office Clerks club, and Joe Goldsmith, of Rock Island, was named secretary treasurer.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Mass vaccination of more than 1,600 employed of the Rock Island Arsenal has been ordered by Col. Norman Ramsey after a 13-year-old daughter of the Arsenal manager became ill with smallpox.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The 1964 Scout-O-Rama of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts closed a two-day session last evening at the Rock Island Armory with 5,000 paid attendance.
1989 -- 25 years ago: "From the horse and buggy days ... to this" said Mercer County Sheriff Marvin Thirtyacre, waving his hand to indicate the sheriff's department facilities at the new $1.5 million Mercer County Jail in Aledo.




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