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: Some persons are negotiating for 80 feet of ground on Illinois Street with a view of erecting four stores thereon. It would serve a better purpose if the money was invested in neat tenement houses.
1889 — 125 years ago: The Central station, car house and stables of the Moline-Rock Island Horse Railway line of the Holmes syndicate, together with 15 cars and 42 head of horses, were destroyed by fire. The loss was at $15,000.
1914 — 100 years ago: Vera Cruz, Mexico, after a day and night of resistance to American forces, gradually ceased opposition. The American forces took complete control of the city.
1939 — 75 years ago: Dr. R. Bruce Collins was reelected for a second term as president of the Lower Rock Island County Tuberculosis Association.
1964 — 50 years ago: Work is scheduled to begin this summer on construction of a new men's residence complex and an addition to the dining facilities at Westerlin Hall at Augustana College.
1989 — 25 years ago: Special Olympics competitors were triple winners at Rock Island High School Saturday. The participants vanquished the rain that fell during the competition, and some won their events; but most important, they triumphed over their own disabilities.




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