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: We are informed by J.H. Hull that the reason the street sprinkler was not at work yesterday settling the dust on the streets, was because one of his horses was injured.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Bonnie McGregor, a fleet-footed stallion owned by S.W. Wheelock of this community, covered himself with glory at Lexington, Ky, when he ran a mile in 2:13 1/2. The horse's value was estimated as at least $50,000.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Troops are pouring into Paris to prepare for defense of the city. The German army is reported to be only 60 miles from the capital of France.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The German army has invaded Poland in undeclared warfare. Poland has appealed to Great Britain and France for aid.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Publication of a plant newspaper, the Farmall Works News, has been launched at the Rock Island IHC factory and replaces a managerial newsletter.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Officials predict Monday's Rock Island Labor Parade will be the biggest and best ever. Last minute work continues on floats and costumes for the parade, which steps off a 9:30 a.m.




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