Day in history for April 26, 2005

1855 -- 150 years ago
The salary of the mayor of Rock Island is $100 per year.

1880 -- 125 years ago
The Republican primaries instructed delegates for John B. Hawley, candidate for governor.

1905 -- 100 years ago
Joseph Holzhammer presented a red fox to the city of Rock Island, to be placed in Long View Park.

1930 -- 75 years ago
Approximately 4,500 persons gathered in the Moline field house to see Quinn Ryan, popular radio announcer, who acted as master of ceremonies to a performance of the pageant of progress.

1955 -- 50 years ago
The city of Rock Island will continue to license pinball machines pending a higher court ruling on a test case out of Rock Island County circuit court. Action of the Rock Island city council is opposite to that taken by Mayor Paul C. Johnson of Moline who recently ordered removal of pinball machines and prohibited issuance of such licenses pending the clarification of the court case.

1980 -- 25 years ago
The surgeon's knife supposedly ended Joe Bonduelle's bowling career last June when it amputated the middle finger on his right hand to the first joint. Just 10 months after surgery, the 60-year-old bowler leads two categories in the American Bowling Congress National Seniors Tournament in Milwaukee.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: We are informed by J.H. Hull that the reason the street sprinkler was not at work yesterday settling the dust on the streets, was because one of his horses was injured.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Bonnie McGregor, a fleet-footed stallion owned by S.W. Wheelock of this community, covered himself with glory at Lexington, Ky, when he ran a mile in 2:13 1/2. The horse's value was estimated as at least $50,000.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Troops are pouring into Paris to prepare for defense of the city. The German army is reported to be only 60 miles from the capital of France.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The German army has invaded Poland in undeclared warfare. Poland has appealed to Great Britain and France for aid.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Publication of a plant newspaper, the Farmall Works News, has been launched at the Rock Island IHC factory and replaces a managerial newsletter.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Officials predict Monday's Rock Island Labor Parade will be the biggest and best ever. Last minute work continues on floats and costumes for the parade, which steps off a 9:30 a.m.




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