Day in history for April 2, 2005

1855 -- 150 years ago
Perhaps some day Church (Spencer) Square will be filled and beautified, but at present it is not a good advertisement for Rock Island in the eyes of visitors who pass it on the way from the depot to hotels. That is why the city, after clearing its title to the square, ordered the square to be hidden by fence.

1880 -- 125 years ago
German Theater Players from Davenport presented ''Sodom and Gomorrah or the Kind Uncle'' in the Rock Island Turner Hall last night.

1905 -- 100 years ago
Capt. W.H. Pierce, 74, a veteran river man, died. For many years in an earlier era, he operated a ferry at Andalusia.

1930 -- 75 years ago
Albert D. Huesing, owner of the Huesing Bottling Works, died at the age of 69.

1955 -- 50 years ago
Jack Foley, Moline High School basketball coach, yesterday expressed the opinion in a talk before the Moline Exchange Club that the new Mississippi Valley Conference, including Quad-City prep schools and others in Iowa, ''will not do us any good as far as basketball is concerned.''

1980 -- 25 years ago
Thousands of jobless workers for the bankrupt Rock Island Railroad, including more than 1,100 in the Quad-Cities, will have to wait at least two more weeks to cash in on up to $75 million in federal labor protection benefits.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: We are informed by J.H. Hull that the reason the street sprinkler was not at work yesterday settling the dust on the streets, was because one of his horses was injured.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Bonnie McGregor, a fleet-footed stallion owned by S.W. Wheelock of this community, covered himself with glory at Lexington, Ky, when he ran a mile in 2:13 1/2. The horse's value was estimated as at least $50,000.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Troops are pouring into Paris to prepare for defense of the city. The German army is reported to be only 60 miles from the capital of France.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The German army has invaded Poland in undeclared warfare. Poland has appealed to Great Britain and France for aid.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Publication of a plant newspaper, the Farmall Works News, has been launched at the Rock Island IHC factory and replaces a managerial newsletter.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Officials predict Monday's Rock Island Labor Parade will be the biggest and best ever. Last minute work continues on floats and costumes for the parade, which steps off a 9:30 a.m.




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