Day in history for April 18, 2005

1855 -- 150 years ago
Yearly salary of the mayor of Rock Island was listed as $100; Muscatine mayor, $50; and Davenport mayor, $400.

1880 -- 125 years ago
The Rev. George G. Palmer preached at the First Methodist Church on ''Secret Discipleship.''

1905 -- 100 years ago
The Rock Island City Council referred a resolution to abolish free lunch in saloons to the incoming council. Some saloon keepers favored the move; some opposed it.

1930 -- 75 years ago
The Quad-Cities subsidiary of the United Light and Power Co. released information that hinted at the ''possibility of natural gas distribution'' in the area.

1955 -- 50 years ago
World-famous scientist Albert Einstein died today. The 76-year-old world-acclaimed scientist died at Princeton Hospital at 1:15 a.m. Born in Ulm, Germany, March 14, 1879, of middle-class Jewish parents, he was swept to international fame by the theory of relativity which he devised at the age of 26.

1980 -- 25 years ago
Valspar Corp., East Moline, is in the process of more than doubling the size of its offices and laboratory to increase production capacity at the plant. Many of the Valspar paints used by major local industries are custom-made in its East Moline labs.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: The attention of contractors is called to proposals for building a magazine. The building is to be erected on the south side of the island, above the railroad, nearly opposite Sinnit's ice houses.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Ladies patent leather tip shoes were selling for $3 at the M & K store, and men's spring overcoats were advertised at $7.50.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Fred Feuchter, of Davenport, was elected president of the Tri-City Post Office Clerks club, and Joe Goldsmith, of Rock Island, was named secretary treasurer.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Mass vaccination of more than 1,600 employed of the Rock Island Arsenal has been ordered by Col. Norman Ramsey after a 13-year-old daughter of the Arsenal manager became ill with smallpox.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The 1964 Scout-O-Rama of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts closed a two-day session last evening at the Rock Island Armory with 5,000 paid attendance.
1989 -- 25 years ago: "From the horse and buggy days ... to this" said Mercer County Sheriff Marvin Thirtyacre, waving his hand to indicate the sheriff's department facilities at the new $1.5 million Mercer County Jail in Aledo.




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