Day in history for April 5, 2005

1855 -- 150 years ago
Mayor Ben Harper and two aldermen have been named as a committee to take legal measures to maintain the city's rights to ownership of Union (Spencer) Square.

1880 -- 125 years ago
The golden wedding of Mr. and Mrs. Hiram Cable was celebrated at a reception for them in the home of their son, R.R. Cable.

1905 -- 100 years ago
Society is planning to turn out in force for the home-talent production of an opera, ''Egypta,'' next Wednesday night.

1930 -- 75 years ago
For the fourth time in 40 years William C. Peck, Rock Island, will work as a census taker. The counting of the nation's population began today.

1955 -- 50 years ago
Nine Moline boys, ranging in age from 10 to 19, are scheduled for appearances in Rock Island County juvenile court next Tuesday morning to discuss charges of property damages filed against them after police found them playing ball on the roof of the new Builders Lumber Co. structure, 41st St. and 23rd Ave., Moline.

1980 -- 25 years ago
The Rock Island Police Department has been awarded a grant of more than $15,000 to fund a bicycle safety program. Sgt Leo Ford, project coordinator, said the city will add more than $5,000 to bring total funds to $20,939.

Back: Available days in April 2005




Local events heading








  Today is Monday, Sept. 1, the 244th day of 2014. There are 121 days left in the year.

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.




(More History)