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: Miss McCorkindale has opened millinery rooms over Gimbel's dry goods store, where she offers a choice lot of millinery goods, which she will manufacture to order.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The little South Park Presbyterian chapel celebrated it first Easter decorated with flowers for an afternoon worship service attended by a large congregation.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Wennerberg Chorus of Augustana College has returned from a 2,000-mile tour in the Eastern states and Illinois.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Col. Charles Lindbergh has stated that he is convinced that Germany's air force is equal to the combined sky fleets of her potential European foes.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Small gas motors may be permitted on boats in the lake to be built in Loud Thunder Forest Preserve. The prospect was discussed yesterday at a meeting of the Rock Island County Forest Preserve Commission.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The annual Dispatch/Rock Island Argus Spelling Bee continues to be a family tradition. Ed Lee, an eighth-grader at John Deere Junior High School, Moline, is the 1989 spelling bee champion from among 49 top spellers in Rock Island, Henry and Mercer counties. He advances to the competition in Washington, D.C. Runnerup was Ed's sister, Susan.






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