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: A corps of surgeons now occupies the new hospital quarters at the Garrison Hospital on the Rock Island Arsenal. A fence has been installed to enclose the prison hospital.
1889 -- 125 years ago: B. Winter has let a contract to Christ Schreiner for a two story brick building with a double store front on the south side of 3rd Avenue just west of 17th Street. The estimated cost was $4,500.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Germany sent simultaneous ultimatums to Russia and France, demanding that Russia suspend mobilization within 12 hours and demanding that France inform Germany within 18 hours. In the case of war between Germany and Russia, France would remain neutral.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Civil service offices at the post office and the Rock Island Arsenal were swamped as more than 700 youths sought 15 machinist apprenticeships at the Arsenal.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Last night, American Legion Post 246 in Moline figuratively handed over the trousers to a female ex-Marine and petticoat rule began. Olga Swanson, of Moline, was installed as the first woman commander of the post .
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illinois Quad City Civic Center captured the excitement and interest of a convention of auditorium managers this weekend in Reno, Nev. Bill Adams, civic center authority chairman, said the 10,000-seat arena planned for downtown Moline has caught the eye of construction firms, suppliers, management teams and concession groups.








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