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: The attention of contractors is called to proposals for building a magazine. The building is to be erected on the south side of the island, above the railroad, nearly opposite Sinnit's ice houses.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Ladies patent leather tip shoes were selling for $3 at the M & K store, and men's spring overcoats were advertised at $7.50.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Fred Feuchter, of Davenport, was elected president of the Tri-City Post Office Clerks club, and Joe Goldsmith, of Rock Island, was named secretary treasurer.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Mass vaccination of more than 1,600 employed of the Rock Island Arsenal has been ordered by Col. Norman Ramsey after a 13-year-old daughter of the Arsenal manager became ill with smallpox.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The 1964 Scout-O-Rama of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts closed a two-day session last evening at the Rock Island Armory with 5,000 paid attendance.
1989 -- 25 years ago: "From the horse and buggy days ... to this" said Mercer County Sheriff Marvin Thirtyacre, waving his hand to indicate the sheriff's department facilities at the new $1.5 million Mercer County Jail in Aledo.




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