Day in history for March 17, 2005

1855 -- 150 years ago
The first Illinois game law, just passed, permits shooting of deer, fawns, wild turkeys, grouse, prairie chickens and quail only between Aug. 1 and Jan. 15. Warren and Henderson are among counties exempted from the restrictions.

1880 -- 125 years ago
Anthony Evans, a miner, was shot through the heart by men concealed in a coal house. The slaying is a part of strike violence at Rapids City. Taylor Williams, mine superintendent, telegraphed Sheriff Perkins to come after two men he charges with the crime.

1905 -- 100 years ago
George H. Ross, switchman in the Rock Island yards, was fatally injured when several cars passed over his body.

1930 -- 75 years ago
Freed from prison by the governor of Pennsylvania, gangster Al Capone, fearing assassination, has gone into hiding in Chicago.

1955 -- 50 years ago
Fluoridation of Moline's water supply, authorized about two years ago by the city council, became an actuality today, it was announced by Mayor Paul C. Johnson and Supt. A.E. Anderson of the waterworks.

1980 -- 25 years ago
They laid poor Timothy Finnegan, a leprechaun, to rest today in Rock Island with all the hooplah of an old-fashioned Irish wake to commemorate St. Patrick's Day. The Rock Island Brewing Co., 1815 2nd Ave., sponsored the farewell party.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Miss McCorkindale has opened millinery rooms over Gimbel's dry goods store, where she offers a choice lot of millinery goods, which she will manufacture to order.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The little South Park Presbyterian chapel celebrated it first Easter decorated with flowers for an afternoon worship service attended by a large congregation.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Wennerberg Chorus of Augustana College has returned from a 2,000-mile tour in the Eastern states and Illinois.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Col. Charles Lindbergh has stated that he is convinced that Germany's air force is equal to the combined sky fleets of her potential European foes.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Small gas motors may be permitted on boats in the lake to be built in Loud Thunder Forest Preserve. The prospect was discussed yesterday at a meeting of the Rock Island County Forest Preserve Commission.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The annual Dispatch/Rock Island Argus Spelling Bee continues to be a family tradition. Ed Lee, an eighth-grader at John Deere Junior High School, Moline, is the 1989 spelling bee champion from among 49 top spellers in Rock Island, Henry and Mercer counties. He advances to the competition in Washington, D.C. Runnerup was Ed's sister, Susan.






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