Day in history for March 7, 2005

1855 -- 150 years ago
The Illinois legislation passed the so-called Maine liquor law, prohibiting the sale of intoxicating liquor, but most of our legislators got drunk on the last night of the session and repealed the law, according to reports we hear from the capital.

1880 -- 125 years ago
The ''15'' puzzle is all the vogue in Rock Island, where book stores report large sales of the puzzle.

1905 -- 100 years ago
Bishop Edward Fawcett arrived last night and officiated at services in Trinity Episcopal Church.

1930 -- 75 years ago
Alice Rush, who taught in Rock Island High School 23 years, died.

1955 -- 50 years ago
A permit for remodeling of Mosenfelders And Sons clothing store, 1709-11 2nd Ave., Rock Island, at an estimated cost of $23,500, was issued this morning by Rex E. Walker, Rock Island building inspector. The remodeling will include a new store front, floor, ceiling, lighting and office fixtures, tailor shop, dressing rooms and display fixtures.

1980 -- 25 years ago
''Polite but firm'' was the way an NBC ''Real People'' reporter today described a refusal by Deere And Co. officials to discuss the firm's reasons for firing Jodi Stutz. Stutz, a former secretary at Deere, was fired last month for photostating her nude bottom on a company photocopy machine.

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