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: The ladies have adopted the fashion of wearing representations of insects in the flowers on their bonnets. Some look very natural.
1889 -- 125 years ago: T.F. Cary, former Rock Island alderman, has accepted a position as salesman for a Chicago wallpaper house and plans to move to that city.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Work on the new telephone building on 18th Street between 6th and 7th avenues is progressing rapidly.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Rock Island's new theater at 3rd Avenue and 19th Street will have a name significant of its location. The "Rocket" is scheduled to open Thanksgiving Day.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Two of Rock Island's newest water towers were vandalized last night, including the one at 38th Street and 31st Avenue, where police took five Moline boys into custody about 9 p.m..
1989 -- 25 years ago: Some of us who live in the Quad-Cities take the Mississippi River for granted, or at least we used to. But the river is not taken for granted by our visitors. And most Quad-Citians are realizing the importance of the river to this area as increased emphasis is placed on tourism.







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