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: 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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