Day in history for March 21, 2005

1855 -- 150 years ago
Rock River is very high. Part of the dam and one of the plank-road bridges at Camden Mills (Milan) were carried away last night.

1880 -- 125 years ago
A coroner's jury recommended holding two men for trial on charges of murdering a striking coal miner at Rapids City. The victim was shot from ambush.

1905 -- 100 years ago
At 1:30 a.m. today floating ice broke an ice jam opposite Rock Island and the whole mass moved downstream. A loud crash awoke sleepers when the ice gorge broke up.

1930 -- 75 years ago
The cornerstone of Denkmann School, 40th St. and 22nd Ave., Rock Island, was laid at a ceremony yesterday. Mrs. John H. Hauberg, daughter of the man in whose memory the school is named, wielded the trowel.

1955 -- 50 years ago
Completion of the first phase of modernization of the LeClaire Hotel, Moline, is expected shortly, according to Rudolf Frank, general manager, who set the long term cost of renovation at $200,000. The current program is the first major modernization project since 1938.

1980 -- 25 years ago
Rock Island's controversial, million-dollar Great River Plaza is the focus of another battle, this time over nearly $100,000 in damages the city says the downtown mall's builder owes because of construction delays.

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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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