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: 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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