Day in history for April 1, 2005

1855 -- 150 years ago
The Rock Island city council has asked for bids from carpenters on putting up a high board fence around Church (Spencer) Square.

1880 -- 125 years ago
There is strong competition between the steamboats Viola and Cora Emily in carrying passengers and freight to Andalusia, Buffalo and Linwood.

1905 -- 100 years ago
New Shops (Silvis) will turn out 27 locomotives this month. The prior record was 23 at this new maintenance and manufacturing point for the Rock Island railroad.

1930 -- 75 years ago
Ruth Hanna McCormick, Republican nominee for U.S. senator from Illinois, is in Rock Island today for three campaign talks.

1955 -- 50 years ago
The 7-1/2-acre tract between 34th and 36th streets, south of 22nd Avenue, Rock Island, once considered as a suitable spot for a new swimming pool, has been cleared of tons of bushes, trees and stumps by park workmen. Numerous fine trees still remain to give the area a setting for some possible future development in the park system.

1980 -- 25 years ago
Some Silvis residents are at a loss to explain a bright, blinking white light that apparently hovered between Illini Tower and Illini Hospital before drifting out of sight Monday night. A woman who saw the UFO said the light was about ''10 times larger than a star.''

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1864 — 150 years ago: A fine lumber mill is on the course of erection at Andalusia. A flouring mill at that location is doing a fine business.
1889 — 125 years ago: J.B. Lidders, past captain of Beardsley Camp, Sons of Veterans, returned from Paterson, N.Y., where he attended the National Sons of Veterans encampments.
1914 — 100 years ago: President Wilson announced that he had received from the imperial chancellor of Germany a noncommittal reply to his inquiry into a report that the emperor was willing to discuss terms of peace.
1939 — 75 years ago: Delegates at the Illinois Conference of the Methodist Church in Springfield voted to raise the minimum pay of ministers so that every pastor would get at least $1,000 annually.
1964 — 50 years ago: An audience of more than 2,600 persons jammed into the Davenport RKO Orpheum theater with a shoe horn feasted on a Miller-Diller evening that was a killer night. Phyllis Diller sent the audience with her offbeat humor. And send them she did! It was Miss Diller's third appearance in the Quad-Cities area.
1989 — 25 years ago: A few years ago, a vacant lot on 7th Avenue and 14th Street in Rock Island was a community nuisance. Weeds grew as high 18 inches. Today, the lot has a new face, thanks to Michael and Sheila Rind and other neighbors who helped them turn it into a park three weeks ago.





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