Day in history for March 31, 2005

1855 -- 150 years ago
Alderman Albert has been chosen by the council as Rock Island's official lamp lighter at a salary of $12 a month. We question the legality of appointing an officer of the city to a second city position.

1880 -- 125 years ago
Misworth Hazen, 10, Bowling, who fell on some stubble last September and has suffered much since, was operated on today by Dr. Kinyon, who removed a 3-inch dry, hard stem of weed from the boy's nostril.

1905 -- 100 years ago
Augustana College has received $27,000 from its friends in Sweden toward a fund to endow a science scholarship.

1930 -- 75 years ago
Walter F. Archer, assistant secretary of the Rock Island Chamber of Commerce, died following an operation for removal of a brain tumor. He was 35. The tumor may have been caused by a head injury he suffered in an auto accident several years ago.

1955 -- 50 years ago
East Moline police added a new explanation last night to a collection of causes for negligent driving. The reason for erratic driving, a woman said, was because her friend was removing bobby pins from her hair.

1980 -- 25 years ago
The Geifman Food Store at 2930 18th Ave., Rock Island, was a scorched shell today after fire gutted the 25-year-old structure about 1:30 a.m.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Port Byron passengers and mails will be transported by the Sterling and Rock Island railroad.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The congregation of the First Methodist church worshiped in Harper's theater, where construction work is being done at the church site.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Three-eye baseball for Moline was assured the Danville Franchise will be transferred to the Plow city.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Roseville Methodist Church is observing its 100th anniversary.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The last remaining unfinished portion of Interstate 80 between the Quad-Cities and Joliet will be opened to traffic by Aug 12.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Of all the highlights of the last 12 years, this is the greatest of all, said Dennis Hitchcock, producer director of Circa '21 Dinner Playhouse, as he torched the mortgage, clearing a $220,000 loan financing the downtown Rock Island theater's beginnings in 1977.




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