Day in history for March 3, 2005

1855 -- 150 years ago
Mayor Ben Harper's salary has been fixed at $100 a year. Aldermen will be paid $50 a year.

1880 -- 125 years ago
Jay Rial's mammoth Uncle Tom's Cabin company will fulfill an engagement in Harper's Theater March 10. The play is based on the novel of last year which has stirred up the slavery controversy.

1905 -- 100 years ago
Alderman William Trefz is having plans drawn for a combination livery stable, express delivery and storage building to be erected this spring.

1930 -- 75 years ago
At a hearing in Washington, persons demanding outright repeal of the liquor prohibition amendment to the constitution said they are ''unalterably opposed to the return of the saloon.''

1955 -- 50 years ago
A new 25,000-kw turbo-generator went into operation today for the first time at the electric generating station of the Iowa-Illinois Gas And Electric Co., located at the foot of 4th St., in Moline. This completes a $9,000,000 plant expansion and improvement program which was started in 1951.

1980 -- 25 years ago
Robbie Genz, 17, a Rock Island High School junior, became the first Quad-Cities junior-league bowler to roll a 300 game Sunday. He strung 12 strikes in the Metro Junior-Senior Classic league at Sammy G's Lanes.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: The ladies have adopted the fashion of wearing representations of insects in the flowers on their bonnets. Some look very natural.
1889 -- 125 years ago: T.F. Cary, former Rock Island alderman, has accepted a position as salesman for a Chicago wallpaper house and plans to move to that city.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Work on the new telephone building on 18th Street between 6th and 7th avenues is progressing rapidly.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Rock Island's new theater at 3rd Avenue and 19th Street will have a name significant of its location. The "Rocket" is scheduled to open Thanksgiving Day.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Two of Rock Island's newest water towers were vandalized last night, including the one at 38th Street and 31st Avenue, where police took five Moline boys into custody about 9 p.m..
1989 -- 25 years ago: Some of us who live in the Quad-Cities take the Mississippi River for granted, or at least we used to. But the river is not taken for granted by our visitors. And most Quad-Citians are realizing the importance of the river to this area as increased emphasis is placed on tourism.







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