Day in history for March 6, 2005

1855 -- 150 years ago
A correspondent writes to us, and wishes to know who has the care of Rock River Bridge. He says there is 'a bad hole' in it making it quite dangerous for night travellers.

1880 -- 125 years ago
Officer Gorman was the winner of an oil painting by D.S. McDannell, valued at $10, which was raffled at Al Bowen's store on Friday evening.

1905 -- 100 years ago
Harry Gray, watchman at the Rock Island Mattress company. Fell through a ledge, a short distance of about 10 feet below the platorm. His injury consist of a badly wrenched back.

1930 -- 75 years ago
Augustana College will install lights and inaugurate night football next fall. Augustana will be the first in this region to try night football.

1955 -- 50 years ago
The Dennhardt Dancers, a 13-girl tap and precision chorus, accompanied by Richard Roe, vocalist, won first place in the annual Rock Island Grotto talent show. Twenty acts competed in the contest.

1980 -- 25 years ago
When driver Number 1 got a raise to 61 cents an hour, he decided he could afford to get married. Now, after 43 years of piloting public transportation, Bill Liston is retiring. He's the first bus driver to retire from the Rock Island County Metropolitan Mass Transit District, and he'll be the last designated driver Number 1. District officials are retiring his number.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Journeymen shoemakers of Rock Island struck for higher wages yesterday morning, asking 25 percent increases. Employers have acceded to their demand.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Lighting struck wires of the Merchants Electric Light Co. during a furious storm, and many Rock Island business houses were compelled to resort to gas as a means of illumination.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Members of the First Church of Christ, Scientist, decided to erect a new edifice at a cost of about $60,000.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Willard Anderson, junior forward for the Augustana College basketball team, which won 17 out of 22 contests, was elected captain of the quintet.
1964 -- 50 years ago: John Hoffman, Moline, president of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts, will be honored for his 50 years in scouting by members of the council at a dinner Thursday evening.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Quad-Cities has what is believed to be the area's first elite-class gymnast. It's the stuff upon which Olympic competitors are made. Tiffany Chapman, of Rock Island, not only has earned the highest possible gymnast ranking, she won the honor at age 11.






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