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: Telegraph reports state that, about 6 o'clock on the evening of the 20th, Quantrill, with about 800 of his thieves and robbers, surrounded Lawrence, Kan., and burned it to the ground.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Newton Beer's production of "Lost in London," which had a successful run for three seasons, was presented at Harper's Theater.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The German army commanded by Fran Duke Albrecht of Wurtemburg defeated the French army at Neufchmtenu.
1939 -- 75 years ago: John Deere Harvester Works in East Moline is starting a four-story, $104,000 addition to the combine assembly building.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Short Hills Country Club held onto its lead yesterday despite a rally by host Davenport Country Club and claimed the team title in the Sunshine Cup golf series.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Quad-Citians can look forward to more excitement and fun at this year's Rock Island Labor Day parade at 9:30 a.m. Sept 4, say organizers. This years theme is "Celebrate Rock Island."






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