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: Journeymen shoemakers of Rock Island struck for higher wages yesterday morning, asking 25 percent increases. Employers have acceded to their demand.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Lighting struck wires of the Merchants Electric Light Co. during a furious storm, and many Rock Island business houses were compelled to resort to gas as a means of illumination.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Members of the First Church of Christ, Scientist, decided to erect a new edifice at a cost of about $60,000.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Willard Anderson, junior forward for the Augustana College basketball team, which won 17 out of 22 contests, was elected captain of the quintet.
1964 -- 50 years ago: John Hoffman, Moline, president of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts, will be honored for his 50 years in scouting by members of the council at a dinner Thursday evening.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Quad-Cities has what is believed to be the area's first elite-class gymnast. It's the stuff upon which Olympic competitors are made. Tiffany Chapman, of Rock Island, not only has earned the highest possible gymnast ranking, she won the honor at age 11.

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