Day in history for March 9, 2005

1855 -- 150 years ago
We congratulate our people upon what is believed to be a final adjustment of the ownership of Public Square (Spencer Square). The deeds are made, for henceforth and forever, we hope. The square has been a bone of contention since organization of the city, but the issue is now happily settled. (Note: As it turned out the issue was not settled for another hundred years by court decision in December, 1954.)

1880 -- 125 years ago
Major J.M. Beardsley today received his commission as postmaster of Rock Island.

1905 -- 100 years ago
S.J. Marshall was nominated by the Socialist party for mayor of Rock Island.

1930 -- 75 years ago
William Howard Taft, chief justice of the supreme court and former U.S. president, died.

1955 -- 50 years ago
Purchase of the operating lease of the Fort Armstrong Hotel by the Alsonett Hotel chain at a figure in excess of $150,000 was announced today. The operating lease was acquired from the Hoffman Hotel Company, South Bend, Ind., which has operated the hotel since its opening in 1926.

1980 -- 25 years ago
Joe Copeland, East Moline, ended the 1979 rodeo season ranked 18th nationally in the bareback riding event. The 22-year-old Copeland rode his first horse in rodeo competition in Aledo.

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1864 — 150 years ago: It is estimated that 300,000 people attended the recent Democratic convention in Chicago when Gen. George B. McClellan of New Jersey was nominated as a candidate for president of the United States.
1889 — 125 years ago: Alderman Frank Ill, Winslow Howard and Captain J.M. Montgomery returned from Milwaukee, where they attended the national Grand Army of the Republic encampment.
1914 — 100 years ago: Three members of the Rock Island YMCA accepted positions as physical directors of other associations. Albert Cook went to Kewanee, C.D. Curtis to Canton and Willis Woods to Leavenworth, Kan.
1939 — 75 years ago: Former President Herbert Hoover appealed for national support of President F.D. Roosevelt and Congress in every effort to keep the United States out of war.
1964 — 50 years ago: The Rock Island Junior chamber pf Commerce has received answers to about 65 % of the 600 questionnaires mailed out recently in a "Community Attitude Survey" to analyze sentiments of citizens towards their city's various recreational, educational, and civic service programs.
1989 — 25 years ago: The two thunderstorms passing through the Quad Cities last night and early today left some area residents reaching for their flashlights.

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