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: Charles M. Osborn of this city, a lawyer of prominence, who voted for Lincoln in 1860 is now out strong for McClellan and will take the stump for him.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The George Fleming company had begun its dried fruit packing in a branch plant on 16th Street, Rock Island, employing nearly a hundred workers.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The cornerstone of the new Eagles home was laid. Building committee members were John Kobeman, Fred Ehmke and Frank Wich.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Former Kaiser Wilhelm, in exile, is sad as the Nazis march with communists.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Ninety-two members of the acappella choir at Davenport's West High School today accepted an invitation to perform at the New York World's Fair on June 13, 1965.
1989 -- 25 years ago: A Rock Island woman is one of 50 winners of $10,000 in cash in the Illinois State Lottery's "Celebration "89" instant ticket game. Dawn Loeffler was the third winner to be chosen through daily drawings that began Aug. 28 and will run 50 consecutive days.






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