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: Some persons are negotiating for 80 feet of ground on Illinois Street with a view of erecting four stores thereon. It would serve a better purpose if the money was invested in neat tenement houses.
1889 — 125 years ago: The Central station, car house and stables of the Moline-Rock Island Horse Railway line of the Holmes syndicate, together with 15 cars and 42 head of horses, were destroyed by fire. The loss was at $15,000.
1914 — 100 years ago: Vera Cruz, Mexico, after a day and night of resistance to American forces, gradually ceased opposition. The American forces took complete control of the city.
1939 — 75 years ago: Dr. R. Bruce Collins was reelected for a second term as president of the Lower Rock Island County Tuberculosis Association.
1964 — 50 years ago: Work is scheduled to begin this summer on construction of a new men's residence complex and an addition to the dining facilities at Westerlin Hall at Augustana College.
1989 — 25 years ago: Special Olympics competitors were triple winners at Rock Island High School Saturday. The participants vanquished the rain that fell during the competition, and some won their events; but most important, they triumphed over their own disabilities.




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