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: Yesterday some bold thief stole a full bolt of calico from a box in front of Wadsworth's store, where it was on exhibition.
1889 -- 125 years ago: A team belonging to Peter Priese got away from its driver and made a mad run across the Rock Island Bridge. The driver was thrown from his seat but not hurt.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Carlton Taylor was appointed district deputy grand master for the 14th
Masonic District of Illinois.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Moline's million dollar municipal airport was dedicated to air transportation and the national defense by Lt. Gov. John Stelle.
1964 -- 50 years ago: THE ARGUS will be election headquarters for Rock Island County tomorrow night, and the public is invited to watch the operation. The closing of the polls at 6 p.m. will mark the start of open house in the newsroom. Visitors will see staff members receiving, tabulating and posting returns.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Few bricks actually tumbled, but no one seemed to mind as about 1,000 people gathered to celebrate the formal start of demolition at the site of a downtown civic center.

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