Day in history for April 16, 2005

1855 -- 150 years ago
Eli C. Smith, principal of the Rock Island Seminary (private high school), has accepted an agreeable situation in the new seminary at Dixon. He wil be succeeded here by Darwin S. Smith, Zanesville, Ohio.

1880 -- 125 years ago
The Wide Awake Hose, Hook and Ladder volunteer firemen's company gave a ball which was largely attended last night in Turner Hall.

1905 -- 100 years ago
Rock Island Liquor Dealers Protective Association met today to discuss doing away with free lunches, which are under criticism by temperance and prohibition advocates.

1930 -- 75 years ago
Federal prohibition officers arrested 29 people as the agents raided 12 places in Moline, six in East Moline, and two in Rock Island.

1955 -- 50 years ago
A 3-story brick building, costing $500,000, which will provide quarters for 100 girl students and a girls' dining room and lounge for the entire college will be erected on the old Davis estate by Augustana College.

1980 -- 25 years ago
Marysue Salmon, Moline, who teaches French cooking in her own school, ''Cuisine,'' recently was offered a place in a group of 10 women who were to spend a week studying with Simone Beck, world-renowned French cook, author and teacher, at her estate in Nice.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: We learn that it is a contemplation to start a paper mill in Rock Island during the summer by a gentleman from the East.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The gates of Oklahoma were swung open at noon today, and a throng of more than 30,000 settlers started over its soil.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Iowa Coliseum Co. was incorporated with $40,000 capital and planned a building on 4th Street between Warren and Green streets in Davenport.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans are being discussed for resurfacing the streets in the entire downtown district of Rock Island.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Some 45 jobs will be created at J.I. Case Co.'s Rock Island plant in a expansion of operations announced yesterday afternoon at the firm's headquarters in Racine, Wis.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Gardeners and farmers cheered, but not all Quad-Citians found joy Saturday as more than an inch of rain fell on the area. Motorists faced dangerous, rain-slick roads as the water activated grease and grime that had built up during dry weather.








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