Day in history for April 12, 2005

1855 -- 150 years ago
J. Valiant Court, attempting to get off the cars as they were coming into Rock Island, missed his hold, was thrown under the train and was cut in two.

1880 -- 125 years ago
H.E. Hughes, formerly of the Burton House, Aledo, is the new night clerk of the Rock Island House.

1905 -- 100 years ago
Capt. George Lamont today marked 50 years of living in Rock Island. In the steamboat supply business, he has been connected with river traffic 57 years.

1930 -- 75 years ago
Ralph F. Skelton, noted portrait painter of Chicago, is believed lost in his plane in fog over the Great Lakes. He has been missing two days. Skelton was reared in Port Byron.

1955 -- 50 years ago
Two stray dogs broke into a fenced enclosure at the Ellwood Curtis residence, Moline, this morning, killing six rare Japanese deer, pets of the three Curtis boys.

1980 -- 25 years ago
There's a new sound of music from within one of Geneseo's churches. The unique sound comes from the bell choirs at Grace United Methodist Church. The first bell choir was introduced at the church last fall and is made up of seventh and eighth graders. The music was so popular that a hand bell choir was introduced for high school students. About three months ago an adult bell choir was added.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Because of the National Fast, no paper will be issued from this office tomorrow.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Attracting considerable attention is a sunflower stalk 15 feet high and still growing in the yard of Dr. C. Speidel on 23rd Street in Rock Island.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The municipal bathing beach proposition came up again at the city commission's meeting and a proposition passed, provided that a locker room be constructed at the foot of 7th Street for the accommodation of the bathers.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans for erecting a $14,000 warehouse to replace the frame structure at the rear of the Augustana Book Concern were announced.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Hours for tours of the new Deere & Co. Administrative Center on John Deere Road will be changed, effective Monday.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Tuesday night at the Great Mississippi Valley Fair in Davenport the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band gave its fans more than they possibly could have expected. The band took the stage at 9:07 p.m. and didn't leave until 10:40.









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