Day in history for March 29, 2005

1855 -- 150 years ago
The most startling news arrived on the steamship Africa. The emperor of Russia is dead. He expired March 2.

1880 -- 125 years ago
The Rock Island city Democratic convention nominated S.B. Stoddard, Jr., for mayor. B.D. Buford was chairman of the convention.

1905 -- 100 years ago
Fresh from two weeks training with the Pittsburgh Nationals at Hot Springs, Jack McConnell arrived today to take over as manager of the Rock Island professional baseball team.

1930 -- 75 years ago
The Rev. Joseph S. Kelly, rector of St. Mary's Catholic Church, Moline, for 32 years, died.

1955 -- 50 years ago
A thief who got there ahead of the cleaners stole a bundle of clothing and drapes from the porch of the Harold Holst residence, 717 3rd St. A, Moline, this morning, Mrs. Holst reported to police. Loss was estimated at $92.

1980 -- 25 years ago
A marshy field and creek have been polluted with perhaps thousands of gallons of diesel fuel that apparently spilled from a storage tank on the grounds of the East Moline Correctional Center. Federal, state and city officials Friday began cleanup efforts to remove the oil that may have been draining into Honey Creek, and eventually, the Mississippi River, for weeks.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: The female sex seems to have gone crazy on the subject of dry goods. When high prices keep them from increasing their wardrobes, they turn to stealing. Yard goods, hats, shoes and other items are being picked up and carried home.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Members of Everts Commandery No. 18, Knights Templar, under Commander H.C. Cleaveland, marched from the Masonic Temple to Trinity Episcopal Church for their annual Easter services.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Nate Hultgren pitched the Augustana College baseball team to a 10-3 victory over Carthage, striking out 11 men and allowing only four hits.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Marvel Leonhardi, a Rock Island High School senior, was the winner of an essay contest on advertising sponsored by The Argus and Advertising Age, a national advertising publication.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The Augustana College band drew a crowd of 1,200 people for its annual home concert in Centennial Hall. The size of the crowd was indicative of the fact the band is rapidly approaching the stature of the Augustana Choir.
1989 -- 25 years ago: A benefit to raise money for extracurricular activities in the Rock Island Milan School District will be April 27 at the Quad City Downs harness race track. People buying $17.50 tickets to the second annual "Night at the Quad City Downs" will be entitled to an evening of harness racing and dinner.






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