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: We learn that it is a contemplation to start a paper mill in Rock Island during the summer by a gentleman from the East.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The gates of Oklahoma were swung open at noon today, and a throng of more than 30,000 settlers started over its soil.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Iowa Coliseum Co. was incorporated with $40,000 capital and planned a building on 4th Street between Warren and Green streets in Davenport.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans are being discussed for resurfacing the streets in the entire downtown district of Rock Island.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Some 45 jobs will be created at J.I. Case Co.'s Rock Island plant in a expansion of operations announced yesterday afternoon at the firm's headquarters in Racine, Wis.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Gardeners and farmers cheered, but not all Quad-Citians found joy Saturday as more than an inch of rain fell on the area. Motorists faced dangerous, rain-slick roads as the water activated grease and grime that had built up during dry weather.








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