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: Quite a number of Negroes have lately been brought here by abolition offers returning from the army in violation of the laws of the state.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Miss Tillie Denkmann, of Rock Island, was making plans to accompany a Davenport family on a tour of Europe.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The German advance into Belgium was going apparently without serious check. The American ambassador at Berlin published a denial of the charge that Americans had been ill-treated in Germany.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Seventy-two members of Rock Island High School's 1939 graduating class are preparing to enter college — 34 of them at Augustana.
1964 -- 50 years ago: One of the oldest buildings in Milan, which for a number of years has housed the Milan Hotel, will be razed to make way for a modern, two-story office structure.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Some are blaming it on the sudden influx of insects and the extreme humidity. Still others say the invasion was inspired by a recent movie. But whatever the reason, the Quad-Cities is swarming with bats.




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