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 attention of contractors is called to proposals for building a magazine. The building is to be erected on the south side of the island, above the railroad, nearly opposite Sinnit's ice houses.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Ladies patent leather tip shoes were selling for $3 at the M & K store, and men's spring overcoats were advertised at $7.50.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Fred Feuchter, of Davenport, was elected president of the Tri-City Post Office Clerks club, and Joe Goldsmith, of Rock Island, was named secretary treasurer.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Mass vaccination of more than 1,600 employed of the Rock Island Arsenal has been ordered by Col. Norman Ramsey after a 13-year-old daughter of the Arsenal manager became ill with smallpox.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The 1964 Scout-O-Rama of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts closed a two-day session last evening at the Rock Island Armory with 5,000 paid attendance.
1989 -- 25 years ago: "From the horse and buggy days ... to this" said Mercer County Sheriff Marvin Thirtyacre, waving his hand to indicate the sheriff's department facilities at the new $1.5 million Mercer County Jail in Aledo.




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