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 weather is discouraging for our great Democratic rally tomorrow, but never mind that. Let our Rock Island people show they can make a big procession themselves, rain or shine.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Apparatus arrived for drilling an artesian well on the premises of George Warner's Atlantic Brewery.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The German army continued its attacks on the allies line near the Belgian coast.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The farm home of Mr. and Mrs. Gus Zachert northwest of Buffalo Prairie, burned to the ground.
1964 -- 50 years ago: WVIK-FM, noncommercial educational radio station at Augustana College, will return to the air tomorrow. The station operates at a power of 10 watts at 90.9 megacycles on the frequency modulation band. The station is operated with a staff of 92 students.
1989 -- 25 years ago: An avenue of lights, 13 Christmas trees strung with more than 44,000 sparkling lights, will expand the Festival of Trees beyond the walls of RiverCenter in downtown Davenport in mid-November.


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