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: It is estimated that 300,000 people attended the recent Democratic convention in Chicago when Gen. George B. McClellan of New Jersey was nominated as a candidate for president of the United States.
1889 — 125 years ago: Alderman Frank Ill, Winslow Howard and Captain J.M. Montgomery returned from Milwaukee, where they attended the national Grand Army of the Republic encampment.
1914 — 100 years ago: Three members of the Rock Island YMCA accepted positions as physical directors of other associations. Albert Cook went to Kewanee, C.D. Curtis to Canton and Willis Woods to Leavenworth, Kan.
1939 — 75 years ago: Former President Herbert Hoover appealed for national support of President F.D. Roosevelt and Congress in every effort to keep the United States out of war.
1964 — 50 years ago: The Rock Island Junior chamber pf Commerce has received answers to about 65 % of the 600 questionnaires mailed out recently in a "Community Attitude Survey" to analyze sentiments of citizens towards their city's various recreational, educational, and civic service programs.
1989 — 25 years ago: The two thunderstorms passing through the Quad Cities last night and early today left some area residents reaching for their flashlights.






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