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: It is rumored in the streets that the 13 negroes sent to Quincy on the Moline quota were refused. We think this must be a mistake.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Harvey McKenna, of Detroit, billiard player matched to play Wizard Schafer in New York in January for the world championship, was a professional friend and manager, Billy Catton in Rock Island.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Levi Cralle, former Rock Island county sheriff, had come from his farm near Mitchell, S.D. to visit friends in the city.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Work is being rushed on the new high school building in Orion to replace the one destroyed by fire last winter. Classes are being held in churches.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Rehearsals for the 84th season of the Handel Oratorio Society chorus will begin at 7:30 p.m. Monday on the stage of Centennial Hall, Augustana College.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Rock Island City Council's plan announced this week to have the federal government vacate Valley Homes public housing and move residents to Arsenal Courts to reduce density may not be feasible.






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