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: Sheriff McLaughlin had the misfortune to dislocate his right shoulder some days ago when his carriage upset. He is now able to walk about but has a very sore shoulder.
1889 -- 125 years ago: A kindergarten was started in the downtown district of Rock Island with the Misses Dodie Hawes and Grace Knowlton as teachers.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Pope Pius X died in Rome.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Rock Island's new theater was named Esquire.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The J.I. Case Co. plant in Bettendorf will add from 150 to 200 employees by Jan. 1 a spokesman for the company said today. The Bettendorf Works today had a payroll of 1,350, but an increased production schedule will require additional people.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illowa Council Boy Scouts of America reached and passed its campaign goal in a drive that began 14 months ago by raising more than $2.2 million for the expansion of Loud Thunder Reservation near Andalusia.






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