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: Miss McCorkindale has opened millinery rooms over Gimbel's dry goods store, where she offers a choice lot of millinery goods, which she will manufacture to order.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The little South Park Presbyterian chapel celebrated it first Easter decorated with flowers for an afternoon worship service attended by a large congregation.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Wennerberg Chorus of Augustana College has returned from a 2,000-mile tour in the Eastern states and Illinois.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Col. Charles Lindbergh has stated that he is convinced that Germany's air force is equal to the combined sky fleets of her potential European foes.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Small gas motors may be permitted on boats in the lake to be built in Loud Thunder Forest Preserve. The prospect was discussed yesterday at a meeting of the Rock Island County Forest Preserve Commission.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The annual Dispatch/Rock Island Argus Spelling Bee continues to be a family tradition. Ed Lee, an eighth-grader at John Deere Junior High School, Moline, is the 1989 spelling bee champion from among 49 top spellers in Rock Island, Henry and Mercer counties. He advances to the competition in Washington, D.C. Runnerup was Ed's sister, Susan.






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