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: It is rumored in the streets that the 13 negroes sent to Quincy on the Moline quota were refused. We think this must be a mistake.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Harvey McKenna, of Detroit, billiard player matched to play Wizard Schafer in New York in January for the world championship, was a professional friend and manager, Billy Catton in Rock Island.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Levi Cralle, former Rock Island county sheriff, had come from his farm near Mitchell, S.D. to visit friends in the city.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Work is being rushed on the new high school building in Orion to replace the one destroyed by fire last winter. Classes are being held in churches.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Rehearsals for the 84th season of the Handel Oratorio Society chorus will begin at 7:30 p.m. Monday on the stage of Centennial Hall, Augustana College.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Rock Island City Council's plan announced this week to have the federal government vacate Valley Homes public housing and move residents to Arsenal Courts to reduce density may not be feasible.






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