Day in history for April 14, 2005

1855 -- 150 years ago
Davenport, by a majority of 10, elected a Maine Law candidate. Most of the aldermen chosen also are in favor of forbidding the sale of alcoholic liquors.

1880 -- 125 years ago
Frederick Paulding, in ''The Merchants of Venice,'' filled an engagement in Harper's Theater.

1905 -- 100 years ago
Rabbi W.H. Rinescriber, lecturing under auspices of the Tri-City Press Club, referred to Russia as ''a giant gone mad.''

1930 -- 75 years ago
Mrs. Ada Brackett Schwatka, widow of an Arctic explorer, died in her Rock Island home.

1955 -- 50 years ago
A cold bolt of lightning, which struck the residence of Mr. and Mrs. George W. Roberts, 606 18th St., Rock Island, about 7:15 last night caused an estimated $300 damage. The lightning caused no fire but ripped a hole in the roof, splintered rafters, damaged a chimney and melted asphalt shingles together.

1980 -- 25 years ago
It started at 3:38 this morning when a low pressure system moving north collided with a cold air mass sweeping eastward across the Plains states. And by mid-morning about four inches of snow buried spring flowers, closed interstate highways and delayed air and ground traffic in the Quad-Cities. Another one or two inches is expected this afternoon.

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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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