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: Some persons are negotiating for 80 feet of ground on Illinois Street with a view of erecting four stores thereon. It would serve a better purpose if the money was invested in neat tenement houses.
1889 — 125 years ago: The Central station, car house and stables of the Moline-Rock Island Horse Railway line of the Holmes syndicate, together with 15 cars and 42 head of horses, were destroyed by fire. The loss was at $15,000.
1914 — 100 years ago: Vera Cruz, Mexico, after a day and night of resistance to American forces, gradually ceased opposition. The American forces took complete control of the city.
1939 — 75 years ago: Dr. R. Bruce Collins was reelected for a second term as president of the Lower Rock Island County Tuberculosis Association.
1964 — 50 years ago: Work is scheduled to begin this summer on construction of a new men's residence complex and an addition to the dining facilities at Westerlin Hall at Augustana College.
1989 — 25 years ago: Special Olympics competitors were triple winners at Rock Island High School Saturday. The participants vanquished the rain that fell during the competition, and some won their events; but most important, they triumphed over their own disabilities.




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