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: A large pair of elk, captured in Iowa, were exhibited in Market Square today.
1889 — 125 years ago: The Rock Island Arsenal dam was being constructed under the supervision of Charles Frances, of Lowell, Mass.
1914 — 100 years ago: Mrs. Frank Mixer, of Rock Island, was the winner of the final preliminary for the women's handicap golf cup at Rock Island arsenal links.
1939 — 75 years ago: Sixteen hundred persons — many from war-fearful Europe — arrived in New York aboard the German liner Bremen. For two days on the trip, passengers were cut off from the world with both incoming and outgoing radio messages banned.
1964 — 50 years ago: Police reported five youths have been involved in the theft of about seven cars in recent weeks. Three of the youths were arrested Saturday afternoon, one was in custody as the result of a previous arrest, and the fifth is expected to be arrested today.
1989 — 25 years ago: The Rock Island/Milan School Board is asking the city to tear down Franklin School and allow the school district to pay back the estimated $100,00 cost during 10 years.

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