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 learn that it is a contemplation to start a paper mill in Rock Island during the summer by a gentleman from the East.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The gates of Oklahoma were swung open at noon today, and a throng of more than 30,000 settlers started over its soil.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Iowa Coliseum Co. was incorporated with $40,000 capital and planned a building on 4th Street between Warren and Green streets in Davenport.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans are being discussed for resurfacing the streets in the entire downtown district of Rock Island.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Some 45 jobs will be created at J.I. Case Co.'s Rock Island plant in a expansion of operations announced yesterday afternoon at the firm's headquarters in Racine, Wis.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Gardeners and farmers cheered, but not all Quad-Citians found joy Saturday as more than an inch of rain fell on the area. Motorists faced dangerous, rain-slick roads as the water activated grease and grime that had built up during dry weather.








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