Day in history for April 13, 2005

1855 -- 150 years ago
By a vote of 149 to 10, people of Moline approved an act of the Illinois legislature incorporating the village as a town.

1880 -- 125 years ago
Fire broke out last night in the cupola of the chilled plow foundry of the B.D. Buford Plow Company.

1905 -- 100 years ago
Dr. J.W. Stewart was honored on his retiring after 30 years as superintendent of Broadway Presbyterian Sunday School.

1930 -- 75 years ago
In the chief contests in the county primary election, Republicans nominated Fred R. Schleuter for sheriff and E. Clifford Hall for treasurer.

1955 -- 50 years ago
The Moline Board of Education was given a complete report on the design and layout of the new Moline Senior High School at a meeting last night. Construction of the building probably won't start until late this year or early next year, and it is estimated that it will be a 2-year job. A 1957 opening would come 42 years after the present high school building was first used in 1915.

1980 -- 25 years ago
The Rock Island Public Library, 4th Ave. and 19th St., Saturday held the grand opening of its ''toy library,'' featuring more than 50 different toys and games. The library is circulating wooden alphabet blocks, toy trucks, puppets, Lincoln logs, and games.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Sheriff McLaughlin had the misfortune to dislocate his right shoulder some days ago when his carriage upset. He is now able to walk about but has a very sore shoulder.
1889 -- 125 years ago: A kindergarten was started in the downtown district of Rock Island with the Misses Dodie Hawes and Grace Knowlton as teachers.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Pope Pius X died in Rome.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Rock Island's new theater was named Esquire.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The J.I. Case Co. plant in Bettendorf will add from 150 to 200 employees by Jan. 1 a spokesman for the company said today. The Bettendorf Works today had a payroll of 1,350, but an increased production schedule will require additional people.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illowa Council Boy Scouts of America reached and passed its campaign goal in a drive that began 14 months ago by raising more than $2.2 million for the expansion of Loud Thunder Reservation near Andalusia.






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