Day in history for April 11, 2005

1855 -- 150 years ago
The courtroom at Cambridge was crowded as people of Rock Island, Henry, Stark and Peoria counties met to discuss building a railroad from Rock Island to Peoria. Henry County delegates said their county would buy $100,000 worth of bonds.

1880 -- 125 years ago
John McCullough, famous actor, will make an appearance on the stage of Harper's Theater, Rock Island, on April 15.

1905 -- 100 years ago
George Henry is noting an even 50 years of residence in Rock Island. He came from New York City and was in business at Carbon Cliff before moving to Rock Island in 1855.

1930 -- 75 years ago
All April 11 heat records were broken today as the thermometer reached 91. Five weeks of drought are blamed for a fire which destroyed 1,000 acres of timberland near Keithsburg.

1955 -- 50 years ago
Davenport Police Magistrate Edmund Carroll today dismissed a charge of larceny against an 80-year-old woman who admitted taking a quantity of wood from a neighbor to build a fire to keep warm.

1980 -- 25 years ago
The U.S. Department of the Interior has approved a state request to give $50,920 to East Moline to help buy 8.5 acres for the proposed Water Front Park and boat launch. The park is to be built along Illinois 84 in the north part of the city.

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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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