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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