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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