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: Telegraph reports state that, about 6 o'clock on the evening of the 20th, Quantrill, with about 800 of his thieves and robbers, surrounded Lawrence, Kan., and burned it to the ground.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Newton Beer's production of "Lost in London," which had a successful run for three seasons, was presented at Harper's Theater.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The German army commanded by Fran Duke Albrecht of Wurtemburg defeated the French army at Neufchmtenu.
1939 -- 75 years ago: John Deere Harvester Works in East Moline is starting a four-story, $104,000 addition to the combine assembly building.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Short Hills Country Club held onto its lead yesterday despite a rally by host Davenport Country Club and claimed the team title in the Sunshine Cup golf series.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Quad-Citians can look forward to more excitement and fun at this year's Rock Island Labor Day parade at 9:30 a.m. Sept 4, say organizers. This years theme is "Celebrate Rock Island."






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