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: We learn that it is a contemplation to start a paper mill in Rock Island during the summer by a gentleman from the East.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The gates of Oklahoma were swung open at noon today, and a throng of more than 30,000 settlers started over its soil.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Iowa Coliseum Co. was incorporated with $40,000 capital and planned a building on 4th Street between Warren and Green streets in Davenport.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans are being discussed for resurfacing the streets in the entire downtown district of Rock Island.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Some 45 jobs will be created at J.I. Case Co.'s Rock Island plant in a expansion of operations announced yesterday afternoon at the firm's headquarters in Racine, Wis.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Gardeners and farmers cheered, but not all Quad-Citians found joy Saturday as more than an inch of rain fell on the area. Motorists faced dangerous, rain-slick roads as the water activated grease and grime that had built up during dry weather.








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