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: We are informed by J.H. Hull that the reason the street sprinkler was not at work yesterday settling the dust on the streets, was because one of his horses was injured.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Bonnie McGregor, a fleet-footed stallion owned by S.W. Wheelock of this community, covered himself with glory at Lexington, Ky, when he ran a mile in 2:13 1/2. The horse's value was estimated as at least $50,000.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Troops are pouring into Paris to prepare for defense of the city. The German army is reported to be only 60 miles from the capital of France.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The German army has invaded Poland in undeclared warfare. Poland has appealed to Great Britain and France for aid.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Publication of a plant newspaper, the Farmall Works News, has been launched at the Rock Island IHC factory and replaces a managerial newsletter.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Officials predict Monday's Rock Island Labor Parade will be the biggest and best ever. Last minute work continues on floats and costumes for the parade, which steps off a 9:30 a.m.




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