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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