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: The attention of contractors is called to proposals for building a magazine. The building is to be erected on the south side of the island, above the railroad, nearly opposite Sinnit's ice houses.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Ladies patent leather tip shoes were selling for $3 at the M & K store, and men's spring overcoats were advertised at $7.50.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Fred Feuchter, of Davenport, was elected president of the Tri-City Post Office Clerks club, and Joe Goldsmith, of Rock Island, was named secretary treasurer.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Mass vaccination of more than 1,600 employed of the Rock Island Arsenal has been ordered by Col. Norman Ramsey after a 13-year-old daughter of the Arsenal manager became ill with smallpox.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The 1964 Scout-O-Rama of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts closed a two-day session last evening at the Rock Island Armory with 5,000 paid attendance.
1989 -- 25 years ago: "From the horse and buggy days ... to this" said Mercer County Sheriff Marvin Thirtyacre, waving his hand to indicate the sheriff's department facilities at the new $1.5 million Mercer County Jail in Aledo.




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