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: Col. H.F. Sickless informs us that there will be new organization of troops in this state under the call for more men.
1889 -- 125 years ago: James Normoyle arrived home after graduating from West Point with honors in the class of 1889. He was to report to Fort Brady, Mich., as second lieutenant in the 23rd Infantry.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Austria Hungary declared war on Serbia. Germany and Austria refused an invitation of Sir Edward Grey to join Great Britain at a mediation conference.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Dr. William Mayo, the last of the three famous Mayo brother surgeons, died at the age of 78.
1964 -- 50 years ago: One of the biggest horse shows of the season was held yesterday at Hillandale Arena on Knoxville Road under the sponsorship of the Illowa Horsemen's Club.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Davenport is like a gigantic carnival this weekend with the Bix Arts Fest taking over 12 square blocks of the downtown area. A festive atmosphere prevailed Friday as thousands of people turned out to sample what the Arts Fest has to offer.








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