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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