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: Sheriff McLaughlin had the misfortune to dislocate his right shoulder some days ago when his carriage upset. He is now able to walk about but has a very sore shoulder.
1889 -- 125 years ago: A kindergarten was started in the downtown district of Rock Island with the Misses Dodie Hawes and Grace Knowlton as teachers.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Pope Pius X died in Rome.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Rock Island's new theater was named Esquire.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The J.I. Case Co. plant in Bettendorf will add from 150 to 200 employees by Jan. 1 a spokesman for the company said today. The Bettendorf Works today had a payroll of 1,350, but an increased production schedule will require additional people.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illowa Council Boy Scouts of America reached and passed its campaign goal in a drive that began 14 months ago by raising more than $2.2 million for the expansion of Loud Thunder Reservation near Andalusia.






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