Day in history for March 22, 2005

1855 -- 150 years ago
The street gas lamps have not been lighted for a few nights past, because the gas company has been putting in a meter to measure the gas used by the city. The lights will come on again tonight.

1880 -- 125 years ago
J.W. Simonson, our representative in the legislature, is circulating among his friends in Rock Island today.

1905 -- 100 years ago
Representatives of the Anti-Saloon League will occupy Protestant pulpits in Rock Island Sunday.

1930 -- 75 years ago
Robert W. McGimpsey, 42, cigar store manager and former deputy sheriff, died of blood poisoning.

1955 -- 50 years ago
The Quad-City area today is digging out after an unexpected blinding snow storm which dumped 8 inches of snow on the region during the night and caused one death. The snow storm, one of the worst of the season, started about 11 hours after the official arrival of spring.

1980 -- 25 years ago
Plans are in the works to add a two-story, 6,000-square-foot wing to Rock Island's 79-year-old public library. A ''preliminary building plan'' has been discussed by the library's nine-member board, and the architectural firm of Appier, Marolf and Assoc., of Rock Island, has been retained, with $4,200 set aside in the library's budget, for preliminary design work.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Because of the National Fast, no paper will be issued from this office tomorrow.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Attracting considerable attention is a sunflower stalk 15 feet high and still growing in the yard of Dr. C. Speidel on 23rd Street in Rock Island.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The municipal bathing beach proposition came up again at the city commission's meeting and a proposition passed, provided that a locker room be constructed at the foot of 7th Street for the accommodation of the bathers.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans for erecting a $14,000 warehouse to replace the frame structure at the rear of the Augustana Book Concern were announced.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Hours for tours of the new Deere & Co. Administrative Center on John Deere Road will be changed, effective Monday.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Tuesday night at the Great Mississippi Valley Fair in Davenport the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band gave its fans more than they possibly could have expected. The band took the stage at 9:07 p.m. and didn't leave until 10:40.









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