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: It is rumored in the streets that the 13 negroes sent to Quincy on the Moline quota were refused. We think this must be a mistake.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Harvey McKenna, of Detroit, billiard player matched to play Wizard Schafer in New York in January for the world championship, was a professional friend and manager, Billy Catton in Rock Island.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Levi Cralle, former Rock Island county sheriff, had come from his farm near Mitchell, S.D. to visit friends in the city.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Work is being rushed on the new high school building in Orion to replace the one destroyed by fire last winter. Classes are being held in churches.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Rehearsals for the 84th season of the Handel Oratorio Society chorus will begin at 7:30 p.m. Monday on the stage of Centennial Hall, Augustana College.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Rock Island City Council's plan announced this week to have the federal government vacate Valley Homes public housing and move residents to Arsenal Courts to reduce density may not be feasible.






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