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: Miss McCorkindale has opened millinery rooms over Gimbel's dry goods store, where she offers a choice lot of millinery goods, which she will manufacture to order.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The little South Park Presbyterian chapel celebrated it first Easter decorated with flowers for an afternoon worship service attended by a large congregation.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Wennerberg Chorus of Augustana College has returned from a 2,000-mile tour in the Eastern states and Illinois.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Col. Charles Lindbergh has stated that he is convinced that Germany's air force is equal to the combined sky fleets of her potential European foes.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Small gas motors may be permitted on boats in the lake to be built in Loud Thunder Forest Preserve. The prospect was discussed yesterday at a meeting of the Rock Island County Forest Preserve Commission.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The annual Dispatch/Rock Island Argus Spelling Bee continues to be a family tradition. Ed Lee, an eighth-grader at John Deere Junior High School, Moline, is the 1989 spelling bee champion from among 49 top spellers in Rock Island, Henry and Mercer counties. He advances to the competition in Washington, D.C. Runnerup was Ed's sister, Susan.






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