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: Some persons are negotiating for 80 feet of ground on Illinois Street with a view of erecting four stores thereon. It would serve a better purpose if the money was invested in neat tenement houses.
1889 — 125 years ago: The Central station, car house and stables of the Moline-Rock Island Horse Railway line of the Holmes syndicate, together with 15 cars and 42 head of horses, were destroyed by fire. The loss was at $15,000.
1914 — 100 years ago: Vera Cruz, Mexico, after a day and night of resistance to American forces, gradually ceased opposition. The American forces took complete control of the city.
1939 — 75 years ago: Dr. R. Bruce Collins was reelected for a second term as president of the Lower Rock Island County Tuberculosis Association.
1964 — 50 years ago: Work is scheduled to begin this summer on construction of a new men's residence complex and an addition to the dining facilities at Westerlin Hall at Augustana College.
1989 — 25 years ago: Special Olympics competitors were triple winners at Rock Island High School Saturday. The participants vanquished the rain that fell during the competition, and some won their events; but most important, they triumphed over their own disabilities.




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