Day in history for April 23, 2005

1855 -- 150 years ago
According to a Rock Island market review, butter retailed 20 cents a pound, eggs at 12 1/2 cents a dozen, coffee at 13 1/2 cents for 12 ounces.

1880 -- 125 years ago
Ninety-nine citizens of Rock Island signed a petition for the installation of mail service by steamboat between St. Louis and St. Paul.

1905 -- 100 years ago
Plans were made to put an arched gateway over the 17th St. and 12th Ave. entrance to Long View Park.

1930 -- 75 years ago
A $20,000 fire heavily damaged the Freeman Motor Sales garage in Rock Island. An employee confessed he and an accomplice robbed the garage and started the fire.

1955 -- 50 years ago
The cover of the April issue of the Illinois Junior Historian, a magazine sponsored and published by the Illinois State Historical Society, was drawn by Carl Cramer, ninth grader at Franklin Junior High School in Rock Island.

1980 -- 25 years ago
Saundra Mitchell says she's not giving up easily and neither are the other 32 Moline school-crossing guards lobbying aldermen for a pay raise. Mitchell spoke Tuesday on behalf of guards who crowded the city council chambers to ask that their $11 daily wage be hiked to $16. Their last pay raise, from $10 to $11 a day, came in 1977.

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1864 — 150 years ago: It is estimated that 300,000 people attended the recent Democratic convention in Chicago when Gen. George B. McClellan of New Jersey was nominated as a candidate for president of the United States.
1889 — 125 years ago: Alderman Frank Ill, Winslow Howard and Captain J.M. Montgomery returned from Milwaukee, where they attended the national Grand Army of the Republic encampment.
1914 — 100 years ago: Three members of the Rock Island YMCA accepted positions as physical directors of other associations. Albert Cook went to Kewanee, C.D. Curtis to Canton and Willis Woods to Leavenworth, Kan.
1939 — 75 years ago: Former President Herbert Hoover appealed for national support of President F.D. Roosevelt and Congress in every effort to keep the United States out of war.
1964 — 50 years ago: The Rock Island Junior chamber pf Commerce has received answers to about 65 % of the 600 questionnaires mailed out recently in a "Community Attitude Survey" to analyze sentiments of citizens towards their city's various recreational, educational, and civic service programs.
1989 — 25 years ago: The two thunderstorms passing through the Quad Cities last night and early today left some area residents reaching for their flashlights.






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