Day in history for April 19, 2005

1855 -- 150 years ago
Work of grading and paving the levee was steadily progressing under management of Mr. Carmichael, superintendent. Good progress has been made on the two blocks immediately west of the depot.

1880 -- 125 years ago
Mayor-elect Henry Carse was duly sworn in and presided at a meeting of the new city council the night before delivering an inaugural address.

1905 -- 100 years ago
The Tri-City Press Club met at the Manufacturers Hotel in Moline. Rabbi W.H. Finescriber, Davenport, was elected an honorary member.

1930 -- 75 years ago
City council amended an ordinance requiring local taxi companies to file bond or insurance policies with city clerk for protection of passengers.

1955 -- 50 years ago
The Argus will afford its readers a complete report on the atomic explosion scheduled April 26 near Las Vegas, Nevada. Sam Bjorkman, Argus chief photographer, will be on hand for the latest in the series of nuclear tests.

1980 -- 25 years ago
Polly will be celebrating his 50th birthday tomorrow. Mrs. Dale McKeag, Coal Valley, will be hosting an open house from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday at her home in honor of her pet parrot. McKeag has cared for the bird for 20 years, ever since her aunt died in 1960, leaving Polly to her.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: The weather is discouraging for our great Democratic rally tomorrow, but never mind that. Let our Rock Island people show they can make a big procession themselves, rain or shine.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Apparatus arrived for drilling an artesian well on the premises of George Warner's Atlantic Brewery.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The German army continued its attacks on the allies line near the Belgian coast.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The farm home of Mr. and Mrs. Gus Zachert northwest of Buffalo Prairie, burned to the ground.
1964 -- 50 years ago: WVIK-FM, noncommercial educational radio station at Augustana College, will return to the air tomorrow. The station operates at a power of 10 watts at 90.9 megacycles on the frequency modulation band. The station is operated with a staff of 92 students.
1989 -- 25 years ago: An avenue of lights, 13 Christmas trees strung with more than 44,000 sparkling lights, will expand the Festival of Trees beyond the walls of RiverCenter in downtown Davenport in mid-November.


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