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: The Rock Island Paper Mill is now operating. It is an establishment which our people ought to encourage by saving all rags for the mill, where you can get cash and the highest prices for them.
1889 -- 125 years ago: E. W. Robinson purchased from J.T. Miller the livery stable on the triangle south of Market Square.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Henry Kramer was elected president of the Tri-City Typothetae Franklin Club, which took the place of the Tri-City Ben Franklin Club.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Mrs. Floyd Furh, Illinois City, was first-place winner in the second annual Gov. Horner Farm floral contest.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Nearly 4,000 people are expected to attend weekend sessions of the Jehovah's Witnesses Assembly being held at the Masonic Temple.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The B-29 Super-Fortress bomber is impressive looking, and it did the job during World War II. Its claim to fame is dropping the atomic bombs in Japan to end the war. Only one B-29 is operational in the world today. It is on display at the Quad City Airport in Moline until Friday.






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