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: 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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