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: 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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