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 large pair of elk, captured in Iowa, were exhibited in Market Square today.
1889 — 125 years ago: The Rock Island Arsenal dam was being constructed under the supervision of Charles Frances, of Lowell, Mass.
1914 — 100 years ago: Mrs. Frank Mixer, of Rock Island, was the winner of the final preliminary for the women's handicap golf cup at Rock Island arsenal links.
1939 — 75 years ago: Sixteen hundred persons — many from war-fearful Europe — arrived in New York aboard the German liner Bremen. For two days on the trip, passengers were cut off from the world with both incoming and outgoing radio messages banned.
1964 — 50 years ago: Police reported five youths have been involved in the theft of about seven cars in recent weeks. Three of the youths were arrested Saturday afternoon, one was in custody as the result of a previous arrest, and the fifth is expected to be arrested today.
1989 — 25 years ago: The Rock Island/Milan School Board is asking the city to tear down Franklin School and allow the school district to pay back the estimated $100,00 cost during 10 years.






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