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: Quite a number of Negroes have lately been brought here by abolition offers returning from the army in violation of the laws of the state.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Miss Tillie Denkmann, of Rock Island, was making plans to accompany a Davenport family on a tour of Europe.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The German advance into Belgium was going apparently without serious check. The American ambassador at Berlin published a denial of the charge that Americans had been ill-treated in Germany.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Seventy-two members of Rock Island High School's 1939 graduating class are preparing to enter college — 34 of them at Augustana.
1964 -- 50 years ago: One of the oldest buildings in Milan, which for a number of years has housed the Milan Hotel, will be razed to make way for a modern, two-story office structure.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Some are blaming it on the sudden influx of insects and the extreme humidity. Still others say the invasion was inspired by a recent movie. But whatever the reason, the Quad-Cities is swarming with bats.




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