Day in history for March 28, 2005

1855 -- 150 years ago
Where in the whole Mississippi Valley can be found at a point more suitable for a public hospital or national armory than our own island of Rock Island?

1880 -- 125 years ago
The rain of the past few days has made a very perceptible difference in the color of the grass and also in the budding appearance of the trees.

1905 -- 100 years ago
President Mather and other officials of the Rock Island Railway are here inspecting the road's properties.

1930 -- 75 years ago
Mrs. Sophronia Hadsell Kent, Rock Island's first primary teacher, died at the age of 90. She was born in 1839 in City Hotel, which faced Spencer Square.

1955 -- 50 years ago
Appearing on Ed Sullivan's Toast of the Town TV show last night, the Augustana College choir from Rock Island sang ''Oh What a Beautiful Morning'' from the musical ''Oklahoma'' in Swedish. Sullivan introduced the choir as coming from ''Rockford, one of the Quad-Cities.''

1980 -- 25 years ago
St. Ambrose College in Davenport has received $500,000 from the John Deere Foundation, the largest corporate gift in the school's history. The gift brings to $1 million the amount so far pledged in the school's Centennial Countdown campaign aimed at raising $6.8 million for new construction and continuing operations.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Walter Jones, of Co, F 23rd Ky, volunteers, lost a satchel on the Camden road, yesterday, containing his papers of discharge from the army.
1889 -- 125 years ago: E. W. Robinson purchased from Mrs. J.T. Miller the livery stable on the triangle south of Market square.
1914 -- 100 years ago: A municipal; bathing beach was advocated at the weekly meeting of the city commission by commissioner Rudgren, who suggested the foot of Seventh Street as an excellent location.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Floyd Shetter, Rock Island county superintendent schools, announced teachers hired for nearly all of the 95 rural and village grade schools in the county.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The mercury officially reached the season's previous high of 95 about noon today and continued upward toward an expected mark of 97.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Fort Armstrong hotel once the wining and dining chambers of Rock Island's elite is under repair. Progress is being made though at a seeming snail's pace to return the building to a semblance of its past glory for senior citizen's homes.








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