Day in history for April 3, 2005

1855 -- 150 years ago
Mr. Adams, who is foreman of the machinery at the Railroad Works in Rock Island, showed us the new and splendid locomotive, Antoine LeClaire, now at the Round House. It is probably the most splendid railroad machine ever built in this country.

1880 -- 125 years ago
The Progress Club, a new organization, gives its initial entertainment this evening at Turner Hall.

1905 -- 100 years ago
F.J. Bachman has embarked in the dairy business and is prepared to deliver pure, fresh, rich milk at 6 cents a quart.

1930 -- 75 years ago
Dr. A.E. Glawe and James B. Eckhart were elected directors of the Rock Island Chamber of Commerce.

1955 -- 50 years ago
A stepped-up program of controling stray dogs has been started by Rock Island County. The program features a combination of the inoculation of dogs at clinics, which the county had last year, and the hiring of a pound master to pick up stray dogs.

1980 -- 25 years ago
Moline city officials will be glad when spring housecleaning planned for a wooded area behind Lutheran Hospital gets under way. The city is complaining that, whenever construction goes on at the hospital, leftover building materials tumble from the hospital grounds down the hill along 4th Street south of 5th Avenue.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Journeymen shoemakers of Rock Island struck for higher wages yesterday morning, asking 25 percent increases. Employers have acceded to their demand.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Lighting struck wires of the Merchants Electric Light Co. during a furious storm, and many Rock Island business houses were compelled to resort to gas as a means of illumination.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Members of the First Church of Christ, Scientist, decided to erect a new edifice at a cost of about $60,000.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Willard Anderson, junior forward for the Augustana College basketball team, which won 17 out of 22 contests, was elected captain of the quintet.
1964 -- 50 years ago: John Hoffman, Moline, president of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts, will be honored for his 50 years in scouting by members of the council at a dinner Thursday evening.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Quad-Cities has what is believed to be the area's first elite-class gymnast. It's the stuff upon which Olympic competitors are made. Tiffany Chapman, of Rock Island, not only has earned the highest possible gymnast ranking, she won the honor at age 11.






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