Day in history for March 20, 2005

1855 -- 150 years ago
The Republican was made the official paper for the county by the late sheriff because it had the largest circulation. It remains such until another decision by the new sheriff, which will probably be about the middle of April.

1880 -- 125 years ago
Mr. A.B. Gayford has opened his new photographic gallery on 2nd Ave., between 17th and 18th St., Rock Island, over Dart And Gregg's. The gallery is one of the most complete and elegant in the west.

1905 -- 100 years ago
Miss Anna Catherine Denkmann, as a memorial to her husband, the late F.C.A. Denkmann, has given $5,000 to the German Lutheran Church, 20th St. and 5th Ave., Rock Island. This amount practically removed the debt on the church property.

1930 -- 75 years ago
''Drys'' testified at hearings in Washington that the ''wets'' offer no substitute for prohibition and said, ''Repeal inevitably will mean return of the saloon.''

1955 -- 50 years ago
Charles Klyber, 17, Rock Island, a pin boy at the Moline Moose Lodge bowling alleys, incurred a head injury when he was struck by an errant bowling ball about 10 p.m. yesterday.

1980 -- 25 years ago
James D. Darnall, Geneseo educator for whom the Geneseo high school is named, died Wednesday evening at Hammond-Henry District Hospital. He was 90.

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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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