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: Charles M. Osborn of this city, a lawyer of prominence, who voted for Lincoln in 1860 is now out strong for McClellan and will take the stump for him.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The George Fleming company had begun its dried fruit packing in a branch plant on 16th Street, Rock Island, employing nearly a hundred workers.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The cornerstone of the new Eagles home was laid. Building committee members were John Kobeman, Fred Ehmke and Frank Wich.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Former Kaiser Wilhelm, in exile, is sad as the Nazis march with communists.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Ninety-two members of the acappella choir at Davenport's West High School today accepted an invitation to perform at the New York World's Fair on June 13, 1965.
1989 -- 25 years ago: A Rock Island woman is one of 50 winners of $10,000 in cash in the Illinois State Lottery's "Celebration "89" instant ticket game. Dawn Loeffler was the third winner to be chosen through daily drawings that began Aug. 28 and will run 50 consecutive days.






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