Day in history for April 4, 2005

1855 -- 150 years ago
Since The Argus became a daily, three other Rock Island dailies have sprung into being, but The Argus subscription list and advertising patronage have grown steadily. We are compelled to enlarge our paper.

1880 -- 125 years ago
A group from the Methodist church enjoyed a Charles Dickens Night last evening in the home of Judge S.S. Guyer. Selections from Dickens works were read by those present.

1905 -- 100 years ago
The third death in six months in one family occurred today when Mrs. Alfretta Hansen died in the home of her daughter, Mrs. Ann Bleuer, Rock Island.

1930 -- 75 years ago
Hugo H. Lohse was named commodore of the reorganized Island City Boat Club.

1955 -- 50 years ago
Rock Island Police today are seeking new candidates for the dubious title of the ''meanest thief.'' The thief or thieves took 16 small evergreen trees from two cemeteries in Rock Island during the weekend.

1980 -- 25 years ago
Federal, state and East Moline officials plan to burn about two acres of marshy Northeast Park land found contaminated last week by diesel fuel from the East Moline Correctional Center. Prison staff are cooperating with the Coast Guard, the Fish and Wildlife Service, the EPA and the East Moline Health Department in the cleanup.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: We are informed by J.H. Hull that the reason the street sprinkler was not at work yesterday settling the dust on the streets, was because one of his horses was injured.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Bonnie McGregor, a fleet-footed stallion owned by S.W. Wheelock of this community, covered himself with glory at Lexington, Ky, when he ran a mile in 2:13 1/2. The horse's value was estimated as at least $50,000.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Troops are pouring into Paris to prepare for defense of the city. The German army is reported to be only 60 miles from the capital of France.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The German army has invaded Poland in undeclared warfare. Poland has appealed to Great Britain and France for aid.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Publication of a plant newspaper, the Farmall Works News, has been launched at the Rock Island IHC factory and replaces a managerial newsletter.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Officials predict Monday's Rock Island Labor Parade will be the biggest and best ever. Last minute work continues on floats and costumes for the parade, which steps off a 9:30 a.m.




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