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: The Rock Island Paper Mill is now operating. It is an establishment which our people ought to encourage by saving all rags for the mill, where you can get cash and the highest prices for them.
1889 -- 125 years ago: E. W. Robinson purchased from J.T. Miller the livery stable on the triangle south of Market Square.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Henry Kramer was elected president of the Tri-City Typothetae Franklin Club, which took the place of the Tri-City Ben Franklin Club.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Mrs. Floyd Furh, Illinois City, was first-place winner in the second annual Gov. Horner Farm floral contest.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Nearly 4,000 people are expected to attend weekend sessions of the Jehovah's Witnesses Assembly being held at the Masonic Temple.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The B-29 Super-Fortress bomber is impressive looking, and it did the job during World War II. Its claim to fame is dropping the atomic bombs in Japan to end the war. Only one B-29 is operational in the world today. It is on display at the Quad City Airport in Moline until Friday.






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