Day in history for March 5, 2005

1855 -- 150 years ago
Since we increased the price of our paper to $2 per year, because of rising costs, only one person on our whole list of subscribers has complained and to use the phrase of one of his neighbors, ''he has got no soul to be saved.''

1880 -- 125 years ago
Dr. S.C. Plummer, Rock Island, will succeed Dr. G.G. Craig as examining surgeon of persons seeking veterans pensions.

1905 -- 100 years ago
A resolution to rebuilt the county jail was defeated in the Rock Island County Board of Supervisors.

1930 -- 75 years ago
Mystery of the Christmas eve disappearance of James D. Warnock, 79, retired soap manufacturer, was solved by the finding of his body in the Mississippi.

1955 -- 50 years ago
Moline Democratic alderman candidates at the April city election at a meeting yesterday went on record as favoring merger of Moline, East Moline and Silvis into one metropolitan community.

1980 -- 25 years ago
For the first time in 27 years, the howitzer that was the Army's mainstay in world War II and Korea is being produced again at Rock Island Arsenal. The arsenal is building 259 of the weapons, which cost about $115,000 each, during the next two years, mostly for sale to allied nations in the Far East, inlcuding the Philippines and Thailand.

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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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