Day in history for March 30, 2005

1855 -- 150 years ago
A case now on trial before the United States Supreme Court involves two questions. 1. The right of Illinois to run a railroad across the island of Rock Island, which is a military reservation. 2. The right of the state to throw a bridge across the Mississippi River.

1880 -- 125 years ago
Harrison Boggess, who came to Rock Island County in 1831, died at the age of 70. In 1841 he was married in a double log cabin which still is standing in Moline.

1905 -- 100 years ago
The country roads are almost impassable and several city streets are in similar condition.

1930 -- 75 years ago
A Monmouth bulldog committed suicide. The dog had been despondent since its master died two months ago. Today the dog ''deliberately'' ran in front of an automobile and was killed.

1955 -- 50 years ago
Friday will be April Fools Day but Rock Island County barbers will not be joking when they ask $1.50 for a haircut and $1 for a shave. The prices go up 25 cents.

1980 -- 25 years ago
About 40 anti-nuclear picketers gathered outside the Davenport offices of Iowa-Illinois Gas and Electric Co., Saturday, joining thousands of protesters across the nation in rallies commemorating the first anniversary of the country's worst commercial nuclear accident, Three Mile Island.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: It is rumored in the streets that the 13 negroes sent to Quincy on the Moline quota were refused. We think this must be a mistake.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Harvey McKenna, of Detroit, billiard player matched to play Wizard Schafer in New York in January for the world championship, was a professional friend and manager, Billy Catton in Rock Island.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Levi Cralle, former Rock Island county sheriff, had come from his farm near Mitchell, S.D. to visit friends in the city.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Work is being rushed on the new high school building in Orion to replace the one destroyed by fire last winter. Classes are being held in churches.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Rehearsals for the 84th season of the Handel Oratorio Society chorus will begin at 7:30 p.m. Monday on the stage of Centennial Hall, Augustana College.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Rock Island City Council's plan announced this week to have the federal government vacate Valley Homes public housing and move residents to Arsenal Courts to reduce density may not be feasible.

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