Day in history for April 30, 2005

1855 -- 150 years ago
A new ferry boat was expected from Cincinnati, Capt. Robinson having gone there for it. The new boat was named the Davenport.

1880 -- 125 years ago
P. O'Mara announced candidacy for the legislature on the Democratic ticket.

1905 -- 100 years ago
In a ballot cast at the Argus office, the name ''Island City Park'' was chosen for the title of the new baseball park to be constructed here.

1930 -- 75 years ago
The New York Dental parlors have been opened in the new Kerns block, Moline. Dr. R.W. Hawes is manager. Dr. Hawes is a graduate of the University of Illinois and a practitioner of much ability and experience.

1955 -- 50 years ago
Moline police were hunting today for the person or persons who callously jammed a pet dog into a garbage can, weighted the lid with a piece of concrete, and left the animal to die. The owner found the weakened dog yesterday afternoon a short time after she reported it missing.

1980 -- 25 years ago
The Rock Island District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has added a new tugboat to its fleet. The 26-year-old tug ''Andrews'' arrived here recently from Vicksburg, Miss., and will be used in maintenance operations on the Mississippi River.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Miss McCorkindale has opened millinery rooms over Gimbel's dry goods store, where she offers a choice lot of millinery goods, which she will manufacture to order.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The little South Park Presbyterian chapel celebrated it first Easter decorated with flowers for an afternoon worship service attended by a large congregation.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Wennerberg Chorus of Augustana College has returned from a 2,000-mile tour in the Eastern states and Illinois.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Col. Charles Lindbergh has stated that he is convinced that Germany's air force is equal to the combined sky fleets of her potential European foes.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Small gas motors may be permitted on boats in the lake to be built in Loud Thunder Forest Preserve. The prospect was discussed yesterday at a meeting of the Rock Island County Forest Preserve Commission.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The annual Dispatch/Rock Island Argus Spelling Bee continues to be a family tradition. Ed Lee, an eighth-grader at John Deere Junior High School, Moline, is the 1989 spelling bee champion from among 49 top spellers in Rock Island, Henry and Mercer counties. He advances to the competition in Washington, D.C. Runnerup was Ed's sister, Susan.






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