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: It is estimated that 300,000 people attended the recent Democratic convention in Chicago when Gen. George B. McClellan of New Jersey was nominated as a candidate for president of the United States.
1889 — 125 years ago: Alderman Frank Ill, Winslow Howard and Captain J.M. Montgomery returned from Milwaukee, where they attended the national Grand Army of the Republic encampment.
1914 — 100 years ago: Three members of the Rock Island YMCA accepted positions as physical directors of other associations. Albert Cook went to Kewanee, C.D. Curtis to Canton and Willis Woods to Leavenworth, Kan.
1939 — 75 years ago: Former President Herbert Hoover appealed for national support of President F.D. Roosevelt and Congress in every effort to keep the United States out of war.
1964 — 50 years ago: The Rock Island Junior chamber pf Commerce has received answers to about 65 % of the 600 questionnaires mailed out recently in a "Community Attitude Survey" to analyze sentiments of citizens towards their city's various recreational, educational, and civic service programs.
1989 — 25 years ago: The two thunderstorms passing through the Quad Cities last night and early today left some area residents reaching for their flashlights.






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