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: Sheriff McLaughlin had the misfortune to dislocate his right shoulder some days ago when his carriage upset. He is now able to walk about but has a very sore shoulder.
1889 -- 125 years ago: A kindergarten was started in the downtown district of Rock Island with the Misses Dodie Hawes and Grace Knowlton as teachers.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Pope Pius X died in Rome.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Rock Island's new theater was named Esquire.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The J.I. Case Co. plant in Bettendorf will add from 150 to 200 employees by Jan. 1 a spokesman for the company said today. The Bettendorf Works today had a payroll of 1,350, but an increased production schedule will require additional people.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illowa Council Boy Scouts of America reached and passed its campaign goal in a drive that began 14 months ago by raising more than $2.2 million for the expansion of Loud Thunder Reservation near Andalusia.






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