Day in history for April 15, 2005

1855 -- 150 years ago
The new postage law, which took effect April 1, requires the senders, not the receivers, to pay the postage. We notice a long list, posted in the post office, of letters which have been mailed without being pre-paid.

1880 -- 125 years ago
Lawrence Kramer, pressman at The Argus, was 26 years old yesterday and therefore Bleuer's band surprised him last night with a serenade at his home.

1905 -- 100 years ago
The Twin-City Master Horseshoers Protective Association elected C.S. Albertson, Moline, president.

1930 -- 75 years ago
Henry C. Hinrichs was reelected as chairman of the Rock Island County Democratic Committee.

1955 -- 50 years ago
Veteran cribbage player, John Vetterlund, 1013 23rd Ave., Rock Island, thinks he has seen almost everything now. Playing the game alone, as he often does, Mr. Vetterlund came up with a perfect hand, a hand which, by the way, gives the player a total of 29 points.

1980 -- 25 years ago
The Metropolitan Airport Authority today decided not to build a 2,000-square-foot extension to the present terminal building for commuter airline operations.

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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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