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: Because of the National Fast, no paper will be issued from this office tomorrow.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Attracting considerable attention is a sunflower stalk 15 feet high and still growing in the yard of Dr. C. Speidel on 23rd Street in Rock Island.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The municipal bathing beach proposition came up again at the city commission's meeting and a proposition passed, provided that a locker room be constructed at the foot of 7th Street for the accommodation of the bathers.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans for erecting a $14,000 warehouse to replace the frame structure at the rear of the Augustana Book Concern were announced.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Hours for tours of the new Deere & Co. Administrative Center on John Deere Road will be changed, effective Monday.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Tuesday night at the Great Mississippi Valley Fair in Davenport the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band gave its fans more than they possibly could have expected. The band took the stage at 9:07 p.m. and didn't leave until 10:40.

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