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: Charles M. Osborn of this city, a lawyer of prominence, who voted for Lincoln in 1860 is now out strong for McClellan and will take the stump for him.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The George Fleming company had begun its dried fruit packing in a branch plant on 16th Street, Rock Island, employing nearly a hundred workers.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The cornerstone of the new Eagles home was laid. Building committee members were John Kobeman, Fred Ehmke and Frank Wich.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Former Kaiser Wilhelm, in exile, is sad as the Nazis march with communists.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Ninety-two members of the acappella choir at Davenport's West High School today accepted an invitation to perform at the New York World's Fair on June 13, 1965.
1989 -- 25 years ago: A Rock Island woman is one of 50 winners of $10,000 in cash in the Illinois State Lottery's "Celebration "89" instant ticket game. Dawn Loeffler was the third winner to be chosen through daily drawings that began Aug. 28 and will run 50 consecutive days.






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