Day in history for March 16, 2005

1855 -- 150 years ago
Citizens of Kentucky will raise $75,000 for a monument to Henry Clay. Leonard W. Volk, sculptor of Rock Island, will submit his model plan and compete for the prize.

1880 -- 125 years ago
Capt. Marcus L. Henderson, for many years captain of the Rock Island-Davenport ferry, has left for Bedford, Iowa, to farm.

1905 -- 100 years ago
John A. Harrington, Rock Island roofing contractor, died of injuries received when he was hit by a train at a Moline crossing.

1930 -- 75 years ago
Thirty-six hours after he narrowly escaped asphyxiation from escaping gas fumes in his home, David E. Butler, 74, Rock Island, was critically injured when hit by an auto at 17th St. and 7th Ave.

1955 -- 50 years ago
Million dollar bond issues and accompanying legal tangles were not the only items on the city council's agenda last night. A resolution, prepared by the garden department of the Woman's Club of East Moline, asking that the petunia be named as the city's official flower was read by Mayor Charles A. Olson.

1980 -- 25 years ago
The good guy volunteer team at St. Mary's School, East Moline, includes Clem Loete, Al DeJaegher, Paul Hibbs, Don DeCapp and Jim DeMeyer. These retirees have put in more than 4,000 volunteer hours during the last year.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: The female sex seems to have gone crazy on the subject of dry goods. When high prices keep them from increasing their wardrobes, they turn to stealing. Yard goods, hats, shoes and other items are being picked up and carried home.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Members of Everts Commandery No. 18, Knights Templar, under Commander H.C. Cleaveland, marched from the Masonic Temple to Trinity Episcopal Church for their annual Easter services.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Nate Hultgren pitched the Augustana College baseball team to a 10-3 victory over Carthage, striking out 11 men and allowing only four hits.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Marvel Leonhardi, a Rock Island High School senior, was the winner of an essay contest on advertising sponsored by The Argus and Advertising Age, a national advertising publication.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The Augustana College band drew a crowd of 1,200 people for its annual home concert in Centennial Hall. The size of the crowd was indicative of the fact the band is rapidly approaching the stature of the Augustana Choir.
1989 -- 25 years ago: A benefit to raise money for extracurricular activities in the Rock Island Milan School District will be April 27 at the Quad City Downs harness race track. People buying $17.50 tickets to the second annual "Night at the Quad City Downs" will be entitled to an evening of harness racing and dinner.

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