Day in history for April 10, 2005

1855 -- 150 years ago
Considerable preparation has been made by the miners in Drury's precinct to provide a stock of coal for the steamboats for this season.

1880 -- 125 years ago
The river during the past two days has had the appearance of a miniature sea with waves, rollers and breakers complete.

1905 -- 100 years ago
The Diamond Jo Line will open its season April 15. The Dubuque, a new boat, will run between St. Louis and Burlington.

1930 -- 75 years ago
Committees have been appointed to arrange for a Hebrew school in Rock Island.

1955 -- 50 years ago
Theft of 24 caps from fire hydrants in Villa Park, Crestwood Hills, and the 27th Street district was reported this morning to Moline police by A.E. Anderson, superintendent of Moline Waterworks. In addition, Anderson said, other thieves stole a 12-foot boat used by the department in checking its intake in the Mississippi River.

1980 -- 25 years ago
A fire in a Moline tavern last November proved to be the most costly blaze in the city during 1979, according to a fire department report released this week. The fire Nov. 26 at the Trail Dust Inn, 525 14th St., caused about $120,000 damage, the annual report said, boosting the property loss total for fires during the year to $344,327.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: We are informed by J.H. Hull that the reason the street sprinkler was not at work yesterday settling the dust on the streets, was because one of his horses was injured.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Bonnie McGregor, a fleet-footed stallion owned by S.W. Wheelock of this community, covered himself with glory at Lexington, Ky, when he ran a mile in 2:13 1/2. The horse's value was estimated as at least $50,000.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Troops are pouring into Paris to prepare for defense of the city. The German army is reported to be only 60 miles from the capital of France.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The German army has invaded Poland in undeclared warfare. Poland has appealed to Great Britain and France for aid.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Publication of a plant newspaper, the Farmall Works News, has been launched at the Rock Island IHC factory and replaces a managerial newsletter.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Officials predict Monday's Rock Island Labor Parade will be the biggest and best ever. Last minute work continues on floats and costumes for the parade, which steps off a 9:30 a.m.




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