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: 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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