Day in history for March 23, 2005

1855 -- 150 years ago
Charles Wheeler, who has been a captain on the Chicago-LaSalle canal, has been appointed a conductor on the Chicago And Rock Island railroad.

1880 -- 125 years ago
The fifth ball of the season was held last night by the Turner Society in Turner Hall. Supper was provided by August Herkert. Biehl's band played for dancing.

1905 -- 100 years ago
J.W. Cavanaugh today declined to accept the Democratic party's nomination for mayor of Rock Island.

1930 -- 75 years ago
David Y. Allsbrow, pioneer undertaker of East Moline, died of a heart seizure.

1955 -- 50 years ago
It was ''Operation Paper Drop'' over the Monmouth Airport yesterday as The Argus took to the airways in order to deliver last night's papers to Monmouth subscribers. Roads between Monmouth and Rock Island were blocked by drifted snow. Circulation department personnel in Rock Island decided that if they couldn't go through the snow, they'd better fly over it.

1980 -- 25 years ago
A collection of 30 hats was handed down to Rock Katchnig of Prophetstown by his father, who had collected them as a hobby. When his father died in 1973, Katchnig continued picking up caps here and there. Katchnig's collection has since grown to 700 caps, all shapes, sizes and colors.

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1864 — 150 years ago: A fine lumber mill is on the course of erection at Andalusia. A flouring mill at that location is doing a fine business.
1889 — 125 years ago: J.B. Lidders, past captain of Beardsley Camp, Sons of Veterans, returned from Paterson, N.Y., where he attended the National Sons of Veterans encampments.
1914 — 100 years ago: President Wilson announced that he had received from the imperial chancellor of Germany a noncommittal reply to his inquiry into a report that the emperor was willing to discuss terms of peace.
1939 — 75 years ago: Delegates at the Illinois Conference of the Methodist Church in Springfield voted to raise the minimum pay of ministers so that every pastor would get at least $1,000 annually.
1964 — 50 years ago: An audience of more than 2,600 persons jammed into the Davenport RKO Orpheum theater with a shoe horn feasted on a Miller-Diller evening that was a killer night. Phyllis Diller sent the audience with her offbeat humor. And send them she did! It was Miss Diller's third appearance in the Quad-Cities area.
1989 — 25 years ago: A few years ago, a vacant lot on 7th Avenue and 14th Street in Rock Island was a community nuisance. Weeds grew as high 18 inches. Today, the lot has a new face, thanks to Michael and Sheila Rind and other neighbors who helped them turn it into a park three weeks ago.





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