Day in history for April 20, 2005

1855 -- 150 years ago
Mr. Johnson has opened a flour and feed store near Bowen's grocery. Feed of all kinds is available, thus saving Rock Islanders the expense of getting a team to go to Camden or Moline.

1880 -- 125 years ago
The Rock Island city council increased the salary of street commissioner from $500 to $600 a year. Albert Warren was appointed to the post.

1905 -- 100 years ago
Maj. and Mrs. L.M. Buford arrived home from Torreon, Mexico, and were occupying rooms at the Harper House until their residence could be made ready for them. Maj. Buford, who had not been in Rock Island for 10 years, came north on the advice of his physician.

1930 -- 75 years ago
With a low temperature of 43 for the day, the Quad-Cities was preparing for a cold front from the northwest, which was to drop temperatures below freezing.

1955 -- 50 years ago
Firmly rejected in Tuesday's election, water fluoridation and daylight saving time were virtually dead issues today in Rock Island. Daylight savings time was also defeated Tuesday in Moline.

1980 -- 25 years ago
Now that the bankrupt Rock Island Lines railroad is out of business, Carbon Cliff officials are wondering who is going to maintain the wooden bridge spanning the Silvis switching yards.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: A new steamer, Keithsburg, now is at our levee taking on board the balance of her fixtures preparatory to assuming her position on the daily Rock Island and Keokuk line.
1889 -- 125 years ago: C.W. Hawes was appointed deputy county clerk by county clerk Donaldson.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Mrs. O.E. child, of Moline, was named president of the Women's Home Missionary Society of the Methodist Church Rock Island District of the Central Illinois conference.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Augustana College is making plans for a drive for funds to erect a field house and make football field improvements.
1964 -- 50 years ago: A expanded election coverage system featuring a 16-foot chalkboard showing up to the minute running totals, attracted a large and enthusiastic crowd to The Argus newsroom last night.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Balloons frame Rock Island attorney Stewart Winstein who was given a surprise party in the rotunda of the Rock Island County Courthouse on Thursday to honor his 50th year of practicing law.




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