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: It is estimated that 300,000 people attended the recent Democratic convention in Chicago when Gen. George B. McClellan of New Jersey was nominated as a candidate for president of the United States.
1889 — 125 years ago: Alderman Frank Ill, Winslow Howard and Captain J.M. Montgomery returned from Milwaukee, where they attended the national Grand Army of the Republic encampment.
1914 — 100 years ago: Three members of the Rock Island YMCA accepted positions as physical directors of other associations. Albert Cook went to Kewanee, C.D. Curtis to Canton and Willis Woods to Leavenworth, Kan.
1939 — 75 years ago: Former President Herbert Hoover appealed for national support of President F.D. Roosevelt and Congress in every effort to keep the United States out of war.
1964 — 50 years ago: The Rock Island Junior chamber pf Commerce has received answers to about 65 % of the 600 questionnaires mailed out recently in a "Community Attitude Survey" to analyze sentiments of citizens towards their city's various recreational, educational, and civic service programs.
1989 — 25 years ago: The two thunderstorms passing through the Quad Cities last night and early today left some area residents reaching for their flashlights.






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