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: Sheriff McLaughlin had the misfortune to dislocate his right shoulder some days ago when his carriage upset. He is now able to walk about but has a very sore shoulder.
1889 -- 125 years ago: A kindergarten was started in the downtown district of Rock Island with the Misses Dodie Hawes and Grace Knowlton as teachers.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Pope Pius X died in Rome.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Rock Island's new theater was named Esquire.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The J.I. Case Co. plant in Bettendorf will add from 150 to 200 employees by Jan. 1 a spokesman for the company said today. The Bettendorf Works today had a payroll of 1,350, but an increased production schedule will require additional people.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illowa Council Boy Scouts of America reached and passed its campaign goal in a drive that began 14 months ago by raising more than $2.2 million for the expansion of Loud Thunder Reservation near Andalusia.






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