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.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Telegraph reports state that, about 6 o'clock on the evening of the 20th, Quantrill, with about 800 of his thieves and robbers, surrounded Lawrence, Kan., and burned it to the ground.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Newton Beer's production of "Lost in London," which had a successful run for three seasons, was presented at Harper's Theater.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The German army commanded by Fran Duke Albrecht of Wurtemburg defeated the French army at Neufchmtenu.
1939 -- 75 years ago: John Deere Harvester Works in East Moline is starting a four-story, $104,000 addition to the combine assembly building.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Short Hills Country Club held onto its lead yesterday despite a rally by host Davenport Country Club and claimed the team title in the Sunshine Cup golf series.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Quad-Citians can look forward to more excitement and fun at this year's Rock Island Labor Day parade at 9:30 a.m. Sept 4, say organizers. This years theme is "Celebrate Rock Island."






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