Day in history for April 17, 2005

1855 -- 150 years ago
Our enlarged daily is printed on paper manufactured by Mr. S.W. Wheelock, the enterprising proprietor of the Moline Mills.

1880 -- 125 years ago
Mr. Ben Harper received a new safe from the Hall Safe and Lock Co., Cincinnati and Chicago. It is one of the best made and has all the latest improvements, being both burglar and fire proof.

1905 -- 100 years ago
Moline has been growing in the last three years and figures compiled by H.N. Stone And Co. prove the facts. Moline now has a population of 25,061 and East Moline a population of 1,559.

1930 -- 75 years ago
The Al Capone and Bugs Moran gangs, heretofore at war in Chicago, have united under Capone's leadership.

1955 -- 50 years ago
Mass inoculation of Rock Island County first- and second-grade students will be postponed until further notice because the Salk anti-polio vaccine has not arrived in Springfield.

1980 -- 25 years ago
Silvis city officials have rejected a plan from the Greater Metropolitan Area Housing Authority to build 50 low-income family housing units in the city. Aldermen were concerned that building additional units in the city might put a burden on water and sewer services already working near capacity in some areas.

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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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