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: It is rumored in the streets that the 13 negroes sent to Quincy on the Moline quota were refused. We think this must be a mistake.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Harvey McKenna, of Detroit, billiard player matched to play Wizard Schafer in New York in January for the world championship, was a professional friend and manager, Billy Catton in Rock Island.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Levi Cralle, former Rock Island county sheriff, had come from his farm near Mitchell, S.D. to visit friends in the city.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Work is being rushed on the new high school building in Orion to replace the one destroyed by fire last winter. Classes are being held in churches.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Rehearsals for the 84th season of the Handel Oratorio Society chorus will begin at 7:30 p.m. Monday on the stage of Centennial Hall, Augustana College.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Rock Island City Council's plan announced this week to have the federal government vacate Valley Homes public housing and move residents to Arsenal Courts to reduce density may not be feasible.






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