Day in history for March 19, 2005

1855 -- 150 years ago
The first arrival of oranges and lemons this season may be found at the new salon of David B. Langley on the levee. He's also prepared to serve up oysters.

1880 -- 125 years ago
The steamer Evansville arrived last night from the Ohio River, having been detained for 30 hours at New Boston by floating ice. The Evansville will be used for towing boats over the Rock Island rapids.

1905 -- 100 years ago
Rabbi Foneshriber will lecture on ''Russia and Its Modern Problems'' in Burtis Opera House under auspices of the Tri-City Press Club.

1930 -- 75 years ago
Completion of paving the road from Illinois City to the Muscatine bridge is expected by Aug. 1.

1955 -- 50 years ago
Whitey Verstraete, Moline's record-breaking scorer, has been named a first-team forward on the all-state basketball team announced today by the Chicago Daily News. The 6-3 Maroon senior smashed all existing Moline individual records in his two seasons as a varsity player.

1980 -- 25 years ago
Energy analyst Alfred Humphries of Dain Bosworth Inc., a Denver, Colo., investment firm told about 350 people in Davenport gasoline prices have ''nowhere to go but up'' and recommended investments in energy companies as a ''way to make money out of the energy crisis.''

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Journeymen shoemakers of Rock Island struck for higher wages yesterday morning, asking 25 percent increases. Employers have acceded to their demand.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Lighting struck wires of the Merchants Electric Light Co. during a furious storm, and many Rock Island business houses were compelled to resort to gas as a means of illumination.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Members of the First Church of Christ, Scientist, decided to erect a new edifice at a cost of about $60,000.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Willard Anderson, junior forward for the Augustana College basketball team, which won 17 out of 22 contests, was elected captain of the quintet.
1964 -- 50 years ago: John Hoffman, Moline, president of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts, will be honored for his 50 years in scouting by members of the council at a dinner Thursday evening.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Quad-Cities has what is believed to be the area's first elite-class gymnast. It's the stuff upon which Olympic competitors are made. Tiffany Chapman, of Rock Island, not only has earned the highest possible gymnast ranking, she won the honor at age 11.






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