Day in history for March 18, 2005

1855 -- 150 years ago
Our exchanges are full of interesting accounts, from all sections of the union, of the great tide of immigration to Illinois. The movement of covered wagons in the direction of Illinois almost equals that of the California fever three and four years ago.

1880 -- 125 years ago
The 10th annual St. Patrick's Day ball in Rock Island was held last night in Hillier's hall. Music for dancing was by Bleuer's band.

1905 -- 100 years ago
J.W. Cavanaugh was nominated by Democrats for mayor of Rock Island. John T. Stafford declined the Democratic nomination for city attorney.

1930 -- 75 years ago
A fire which followed an explosion in a Milan garage destroyed 20 cars and the home of Milan Mayor Carl O. Swanson.

1955 -- 50 years ago
When a dog named Lassie ran into a drain and tumbled into a 15-foot underground hole yesterday, it took seven Moline city employees and 2 1/2 hours to rescue the animal.

1980 -- 25 years ago
Attorneys for East Moline, an Albany woman and a Moline couple are on the verge of an agreement that would let the city raze an abandoned tavern. City Attorney William Phares said the city council probably will accept a bid in May for the demolition of a one-story brick structure at 1729 18th Ave.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: The ferry boat, Rock Island, having been put in good order at the boat yard is now making her regular trips, much to the gratification of those who have to cross the river.
1889 -- 125 years ago: W.J. Gamble, for many years superintendent of the Moline & Rock Island railway, leased the Fourth Avenue Hotel and renovated and refurnished it throughout.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Pending the building of new public schools or additions to the present ones to provide adequate room for all the children, the board of education decided that pupils younger than 6 years old would not be accepted in Rock Island schools.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The fifth annual New Windsor Fair and Horse show, which has been delayed for two days because of unfavorable weather, got off to a new start last night. The parade was held this morning.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The Rock Island County Fair and Rodeo will celebrate its silver anniversary this year. The fair opens Tuesday and will run through Saturday and offers entertainment and activity for young and old.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Earl Hanson School, Rock Island, joins the Program to Assist Latch Key Student, which aids working parents. PALS is a before and after school program for grades 1-6 in certain Rock Island public and private schools.




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